Kayem Foods is recalling nearly 30 tons of fully cooked chicken sausage products that were sold at Trader Joe’s and other retailers because they may be contaminated with pieces of plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Monday.
The chicken sausage products were produced on various dates in March 2015. The following products are subject to recall:
— 12-oz. packages of Trader Joe’s brand “Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage” with the case code 9605 and use by/freeze by dates of “4 22 15,” “4 25 15,” and “4 29 15.”
— 8-oz. packages of Al Fresco brand “Apple Maple Fully Cooked Breakfast Chicken Sausage” with the case code 9709 and use by/freeze by dates of “JUN 13 2015” and “JUN 20 2015.”
The recalled products bear the establishment number “P7839” inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were shipped to retail locations nationwide.
The problem was discovered after the Chelsea, Mass.-based company received complaints from two consumers who found small pieces of plastic in the product.
Neither Kayem Foods nor the Food Safety and Inspection Service has received reports of any injuries associated with consumption of the products. The agency is classifying this as a Class II recall, meaning there is a "remote possibility of adverse health consequences" from eating it. Consumers with questions about the recall can call (800) 426-6100, Ext. 247.
Trader Joe’s has had several food recalls in the last few years, with many of the products sold under its house brand. Just last month, the chain recalled five varieties of raw walnuts due to potential salmonella contamination. A recall that began with Trader Joe's peanut butter (also for salmonella) in 2012 morphed into one of the largest food recalls in U.S. history.
Then there was the Trader Joe's raw almond butter last year, as well as recalls for stone fruit (peaches, nectarines, plums and plots) and hummus. Salads and wraps sold at Trader Joe's were recalled for E. coli contamination in 2013. In 2012, Trader Joe's butter chicken was recalled for listeria -- as were three tons of BBQ chicken salad. Salmonella-tained cilantro affected several Trader Joe's products in 2010.