Washington Impacted By Pork Meat Recall, USDA Announces

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Over 10,000 pounds of pork meat are being recalled over lacking inspections, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced. The products were distributed to stores in several states. Washington was also impacted. 

According to the reports, the Illinois-based Evans Food Group Ltd. is recalling 10,359 pounds of pork meat pellets containing the establishment number EST. 6030 within the USDA inspection mark. These items were used in the production of several popular snack foods such as chicharrones and pork rinds. Retailers in Washington and other states are being told to discontinue the sale of the meat items. 

Improperly Inspected Meat Can Pose Health Dangers, Officials Say

The firm issued the recall after learning that the imported pork meat did not undergo appropriate import re-inspection before being sold to consumers. The FSIS uncovered the issue during a routine surveillance review of imported products. After being alerted of the problem, Evans Food Group took action. 

The company stated that it is unaware of any health-related issue associated with the recalled products. However, consumers should throw the products away or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. 

Some of the impacted products include the 3-oz. and 5-oz. bags of Mac’s Original Porkskin in 12- and 8-count packages, the 1.5-oz. bags of Mac’s BBQ Pork Skins in 2-7-count packages, the 5-oz. bags of Mac’s Jalapeño Porkskin in 8-count packages, the 7-Select 2.1-oz. bags of Chili Lime Porkskin in 8-count packages, the 7-Select 2.1-oz. bags of Original Porkskin in 6-count packages, the 7-Select 2.1-oz. bags of BBQ Porkskin in 6-count packages, 7-Select 2.1-oz. bags of Hot Porkskin in 6-count packages, the Cazo de Oro 3.5-oz. and 8-oz. Hot Porkskin in 15-count and 25-count packages, and a series of others. 

A full list with impacted products can be found on the FSIS’s website.

Federal law requires officials with the FSIS to thoroughly inspect imported meat, poultry, and egg products prior to allowing companies to make them available for purchase in the United States. Part of the process includes inspecting shipments for signs of tampering, contamination, damage, and proper certification. This step helps to ensure the products you purchase at your local grocery store are safe.  

If you would like to learn more about this recall, follow this link for the full announcement.