June 30, 2000Owens Country Sausage Recalls Italian Sausage
TX (SafetyAlerts) - Owens
Country Sausage, Inc. is voluntarily recalling approximately 8,500 pounds of Italian
sausages that may be contaminated with plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food
Safety and Inspection Service announced today.
The product being recalled is 16-ounce rolls of "Owens" brand "ITALIAN
SAUSAGE." Each package label has a code of 5A3 or 5B3, a "Sell-By" date of
"JUN 17 2000," and "Est. 403" appears on the label inside the USDA
seal of inspection.
The product was produced on May 3, and was distributed to retail stores in the following
states--Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Arkansas.
"We urge consumers to check their refrigerators and freezers," said Ron Hicks,
FSIS acting administrator. "If they find any of the products listed above, consumers
should not eat them, but return them to the point of purchase."
The problem was initially discovered after a consumer called the company to complain about
finding plastic in the product.
Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Karrie Menz, Quality Assurance
Manager, Owens Country Sausage, Inc., at (972) 235-7181. Media with questions may contact
Vinson Kirchner, President, Owens Country Sausage, Inc., at (972) 235-7181.
Consumers with other food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry
Hotline at 1-800-535-4555. The hotline can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern
Time), Monday through Friday.
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