Buckle up, because we’re headed down that recall road. Last week, we saw two huge recalls, E. coli-contaminated beef that affected 10 states and a national chicken recall that reached big-name retailers like Kroger and Aldi. Now, Walmart brand Great Value has announced a frozen sausage recall due to a salmonella risk, and it just might disrupt your breakfast plans.
The frozen sausage recall was issued on October 18. The contaminated items were shipped nationwide. You can find the FSIS release here.
What products are recalled?
It’s Great Value frozen sausage, but turkey and pork sausage patties are specifically named in the FSIS statement. Only three variations of the sausage patties are listed, though a total of 6,444 pounds have been recalled. Here’s what to look out for:
- 24.92-oz. packages containing “Great Value Fully Cooked Original Pork Sausage Patties”
- 24.92-oz. packages containing “Great Value Fully Cooked Original Breakfast Turkey Patties”
- 35.6-oz. packages containing “Family Size Great Value Fully Cooked Original Pork Sausage Patties”
The issue was brought to FSIS when a third-party cold storage facility inadvertently shipped the ready-to-eat sausage patties. So far, there are no food poisoning cases related to the recall. FSIS urges consumers to take inventory of their freezers, just in case something contaminated is lurking in the background.
How do I know if I have one of these products?
The use by dates and lot codes will determine whether or not you have a recalled product. You can find all labels here, courtesy of FSIS. Take a look at the packaging, then skim these numbers to make sure there’s nothing dangerous in your freezer:
- “Great Value Fully Cooked Original Pork Sausage Patties” with use by date of 10/16/19 and lot code 1091971894.
- “Great Value Fully Cooked Original Breakfast Turkey Patties” with use by date of 10/24/19 and lot code 1171971897.
- “Family Size Great Value Fully Cooked Original Pork Sausage Patties” with use by date of 11/03/19 and lot code 1271972894 or use by date 11/05/19 and lot code 1291972894.
I have one of these products! What should I do with it?
If you have one of these products, get rid of it ASAP. You have a couple of options—you can either throw it out and buy new, or you can return the item to the place of purchase. Most big retailers, like Walmart, will provide a full refund or exchange if you still need something for breakfast. FSIS urges consumers not to eat the products under any circumstances.
In the event that you’re experiencing any health issues after consuming one of these products, contact a health professional. For questions regarding the frozen sausage recall, reach out to George’s Prepared Foods’ Customer Care Line at (800) 471-9665. They handle Walmart’s ready-to-eat meats, so they’ll have all the answers you need.
How can I avoid getting salmonella?
Heed the recalls you see by throwing out affected product. Make sure you’re washing your hands regularly after handling raw materials, like eggs and meat. Cross-contamination is also something to look out for, so make sure you’re thoroughly cleaning your knives, cutting boards, etc. after use. It’s good practice to make sure everything you buy is pasteurized to avoid growing bacteria.
For more tips on avoiding salmonella (and what to do if you’re experiencing symptoms), check out our full article.