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July 22, 2002

North Carolina Firm Has Recalled Pork Products

Tar Heel, N.C. (SafetyAlerts) - United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, (FSIS) said that Smithfield Packing Company has recalled approximately 19,800 pounds of fresh pork neckbones for possible contamination with plastic.

The products being recalled are 2-4 lb. styrofoam trays of "PREMIUM SMITHFIELD PORK, PORK NECKBONES." The side of each tray bears a ten digit code starting with "1962," "1972," or "1982" and the establishment code "EST. 18079" inside the USDA seal of inspection.

The products were produced July 15-17, 2002, and distributed to retail stores and military commissaries in Alabama, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maine, Mississippi, North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Virginia.


"Because of the potential for injury, we want consumers to be aware of the recall," said William J. Hudnall, acting FSIS administrator. "We urge consumers to return the product to the point of purchase."

The problem was discovered by Smithfield Packing Company.

FSIS has received no reports of injury associated with this product.

Consumers and media with questions about the recall may contact Linda Hansen, consumer affairs specialist, Smithfield Packing Company, at (877) 933-4625.

Consumers with food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at l-800-535-4555. The hotline is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. And recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day
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