Smithfield recalls sausage laced with plastic

It's pulling 38,000 pounds of product after consumers find something that could be pieces of workers' gloves.

By Jason Notte Feb 22, 2013 4:19PM
File photo of smoked sausage from Smithfield Foods Inc. in a grocery store in Zelienople, Pa. on March 4, 2011 (© Keith Srakocic/AP Photo)Maybe the meat industry is just trying to put some of the mystery back in "mystery meat."


Smithfield Foods (SFD) is just the latest company to give consumers a special surprise with their selection from the meat case: It just recalled 38,000 pounds of "Gwaltney mild pork sausage roll” for containing bits of plastic the company says are likely from gloves.


That's right, for a few lucky eaters in Alabama, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas -- including two who reported the glove bits to the Department of Agriculture's Food and Safety inspection service -- chowing down on pork product just got a bit more interesting.


They join the esteemed ranks of consumers who in recent weeks have discovered horse DNA in their burgers and pasta dishes as well as glass shards in both their Nestle (NSRGY) Lean Cuisine entrees and bowls of Kellogg (K) Special K. 


This may just be meat and food providers' way of keeping things interesting in the event that the government's sequester cuts result in a meat shortage. But maybe they can start attaching coupon codes to the packaging or putting their little surprises in shrink wrap before stuffing them into the mix. Either option beats having consumers figure it out the hard way or being forced to carefully inspect their food's packaging to see if they were fortunate enough to get some glass, plastic or horse parts thrown their way.


Speaking of which, if sausage lovers don't consider bits of a food handler's sweaty glove a particularly appealing prize, they should check their packages of Smithfield sausage roll for a Jan. 11 production date, a March 12 use-by date or the case code 78533109741.


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36Comments
Feb 22, 2013 7:03PM
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With the quality of meat that goes in sausage that glove is the most expensive part of it.
Feb 22, 2013 8:53PM
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Question)  Why do they call them McRibs when they do not actually contain any rib meat.??
Answer)  Because nobody would buy a McSnout...
Feb 22, 2013 7:04PM
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I would guess that one of the least disgusting things in smoked sausage is a bit of plastic.  You really don't want to know what is in smoked sausage, hot dogs, and many luncheon meats.
Feb 22, 2013 7:42PM
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God knows what else is in the meat that you can't see.  Yuck
Feb 22, 2013 5:34PM
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EEEKS! Im a meat eater! Where is the beef? All we need is a meat shortage and plastic and glass in our food! What has the world come too? I ask you!!
Feb 22, 2013 8:09PM
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If you're going to buy crap to eat, expect more crap.
Feb 22, 2013 7:49PM
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When did Horses become cheaper than Cows?
Feb 22, 2013 8:47PM
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Grow your own veggies and buy your meat from a butcher!
Feb 22, 2013 9:46PM
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let us just start raisen our own meat like the old days. We would all be much better off. And we need to hunt for more food too. Stop depending on just the food markets for food. We can grow and raise our own....Dont you think??? I know I can..

 

Feb 22, 2013 7:20PM
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i don't think obama or anyone else can stop a worker from throwing his gloves in a hopper...inspectors don't live in each place either
Feb 22, 2013 7:03PM
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pleng--Your IQ is two points above a carrot.
Feb 22, 2013 7:19PM
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This is really not funny. An unsuspecting urologist might think he has lost a finger if one of those glove thingys came out of an anus.
Feb 22, 2013 7:41PM
Feb 22, 2013 9:20PM
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Another dumb piece my the overcritical MSNBS writers. No substance and all opinion. (Obama?)

Feb 22, 2013 7:14PM
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Glad I haven't ran into any of these issues.  The glass in food can be deadly, almost had a friend die because of glass in his ice water.
Feb 22, 2013 7:52PM
Feb 22, 2013 10:35PM
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Well , it's about time. Stop eating meat
Feb 23, 2013 12:11AM
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And there is always the possibility that a worker laid them on a shelf where they fell into the hopper and was not noticed till someone got a stretchy bite of sausage.
Mar 6, 2013 6:05AM
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Smithfield recalls sausage laced with plastic?
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