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Romaine lettuce is probably safe to eat again (too early?), But you may want to give your freezer a final touch in light of this recent recall. Yesterday, the Food Safety and Inspectorate of US Department of Agriculture Services (FCIS) reported that at least 5 people in Jimmy Dean have found small, thread-like metal fragments (yes, metal ). HEAT & n SERVE Original SAUSAGE LINKS Made with Pork & Turkey.
So far, the nature of the metal in the products has not been identified and no injuries have been reported. However, to forestall the problem, CTI Foods LLC (Jimmy Dean's parent company) has withdrawn more than 1
Due to its seriousness, FCIS has identified this event as a Class I recall and is classified as a "hazardous situation". There is a reasonable likelihood that use of the product will cause serious adverse health or death consequences. [Associated: You ate something from a food recall – now what?]
While foods that threaten diseases are recalled, E. Since E. coli and Salmonella attract the most attention, are recalls due to contamination of foreign bodies and Metals are not uncommon.
In 2015, Kraft Foods recalled 6 million of its Macaroni & Cheese product "metal shards" found in some boxes, and in the same year reminded Unibright Foods about 50,000 pounds of cooked meat products, according to FCIS "Foreign Material". In 2012, Bay Valley Foods remembered 74,000 Boxed Pasta Mix cases for the same reason, and this year Kellog recalled 2.8 million boxes of bite-size Frosted and Unfrosted mini-Wheats, possibly with fragments of flexible metal mesh were present. "(See also: Is the delivery service for food in food kitchens actually safe to eat?)  It is not clear how these tiny metal parts end up in prepared foods, but given the highly industrialized population, this should not be a surprise food system. The good news is that very few deaths or serious injuries (if any) have ever been linked to this type of recall – though they should still be taken seriously.
For all Jimmy Dean lovers out there, FCIS recommends that you check your freezer for one of the 23.4-ounce ready-to-eat containers. Links manufactured and packaged on August 4, 2018. You also have an expiration date of January 31, 2019, a case code of A6382168, and the company number: "EST., 19085." . Immediately drop those items and go to Jimmy Dean's website for instructions on how to contact the company for a refund.