Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Recalls: A Pen in the Sausage, Milk in the Sea Salt

Posted By on Tue, Sep 4, 2012 at 2:00 PM

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Labor Day is in the rearview mirror, but the summer of strange recalls continues.

On Thursday, August 31, Klement Sausage Company Inc. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, recalled 2,920 pounds of frozen bratwurst patties because they might contain...wait for it...pieces of a plastic pen.

According to the USDA press release, the problem came to light when "food preparation personnel...discovered the foreign matter while preparing to cook the product," which is a moment at which Gut Check would have loved to have been present.

From that press release, here are the specific details:

All products were produced on July 6, 2012. The packages bear the establishment number "EST. 2426B" in the USDA mark of inspection and the batch number "21097" on the case label. The products were distributed for foodservice use in Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

As you can see, the recall doesn't include Missouri or Illinois, but like we're going to miss a chance to note a freakin' pen in a frozen bratwurst patty.

Earlier this summer, Johnsonville Sausages was forced to recall some sausages because they were contaminated by pieces of a glove, while another Wisconsin company, Kenosha Beef International, recalled frozen cheeseburger patties that contained pieces of a gasket.

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