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Some Jimmy Dean Sausage Links May Contain Metal Fragments, USDA Says

sausage links breakfast Wikimedia Commons 280x210 Some Jimmy Dean Sausage Links May Contain Metal Fragments, USDA SaysAnyone who purchased Jimmy Dean-brand sausage links in Tennessee should be aware that certain packages could contain metal fragments.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says that CTI Foods LLC, which owns the Jimmy Dean brand, is recalling more than 29,000 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat Jimmy Dean poultry and pork sausage links after five people reported that they found pieces of metal in the sausage.

The recall covers 23.4-oz. pouches of “Jimmy Dean Heat ‘n Serve Original Sausage Links Made with Pork & Turkey” with a use-by date of Jan. 31, 2019. The products bear the case code A6382168, with a time stamp range of 11:58 through 01:49.

It is not clear what kind of metal was found in the sausage or how it got in there, but the FDA says anyone with the affected Jimmy Dean sausage should avoid serving or eating it.

The USDA says its Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) discovered the problem on Monday, Dec. 10, after the Owingsville, Kentucky-based manufacturer informed the agency of five consumer complaints concerning pieces of metal in the sausage. None of the complaints involved an injury, the USDA said.

Although stores have been told to pull the recalled Jimmy Dean sausage links from their shelves, the USDA says it is concerned the recalled products may still be in consumers’ freezers.

The USDA says that anyone who has purchased the products should either throw them out or return them to the store where they were bought. Questions about the recall may be answered by calling the Jimmy Dean customer service line at 855-382-3101.