Trader Joe's Just Made A Major Recall

Another day, another recall. Trader Joe's has recalled its Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage after its supplier, Kayem Foods, notified the supermarket chain that the product might contain small pieces of plastic. Another food company, Al Fresco, whose products are also manufactured by Kayem, also recalled one of its sausage products. Roughly 59,203 pound, or 29.6 tons, of the fully cooked sausages have been pulled from shelves after two customers complained about finding plastic in their product. Luckily, neither Kayem Foods nor the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) have received any reports of injury stemming from the contaminated sausage — but if you have any in your fridge, the FSIS requests you don't eat them.

The affected chicken sausage products were produced on various dates in March. The specific sausages that were recalled are:

  • 12-oz. packages of Trader Joe’s brand Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage (SKU 75270) with the case code 9605 and use by/freeze by dates of April 22, 2015, April 25, 2015, and April 29, 2015.
  • 8-oz. packages of al fresco brand Apple Maple Fully Cooked Breakfast Chicken Sausage with the case code 9709 and use by/freeze by dates of June 13, 2015 and June 20, 2015.

The potentially affected items also have the establishment number "P7839" inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Anyone who has purchased these products is being advised not to eat them and Trader Joe's has announced on its site that customers can return the Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage to any store location for a full refund, writing:

The affected product has been removed from sale and destroyed.

If you purchased any Trader Joe’s Sweet Apple Chicken Sausage with the specified code dates, please do not eat it. We urge you to discard the product or to return it to any Trader Joe’s for a full refund.

If you have any questions, you may call Trader Joe’s Customer Relations at (626) 599-3817 [Mon­day through Friday, 6:00 am to 6:00 pm Pacific Time] or send an email here.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

As of now, the FSIS is declaring the recall a class II, which means that there is no immediate danger of death or serious injury related to the product, but the threat of danger still exists. Class II recalls are largely preventative and are considered low health risks.


This is not the first time Trader Joe's has issued a recall this month: On April 17, the company issued a recall of its A Dozen Sweet Bites for possibly containing undeclared coconut. In March, Trader Joe's recalled its Raw Walnuts for possible contamination of salmonella and its Cinnamon Almonds for potentially containing undeclared peanuts. In February, it recalled an assortment of its pita breads for possibly containing trace amounts of undeclared soy.

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