Nearly 6,500 pounds of Walmart’s frozen sausage patties are recalled over salmonella fears
- George’s Prepared Foods, which makes Walmart’s Great Value brand, recalled 6,444 pounds of ready-to-eat meat products last week
- A small group of the products were discovered to have salmonella during testing
- The packages were supposed to be disposed of, but were accidentally shipped to stores nationwide
- No one has reported falling ill after consuming the pork or turkey sausage patties
Nearly 6,500 pounds of ready-to-eat meat products sold under Walmart’s Great Value brand are being recalled over salmonella concerns.
George’s Prepared Foods, the Tennessee-based company that produces the brand, said a small group of the products tested positive for the bacteria during sampling.
The frozen packages were meant to be disposed but they were accidentally shipped nationwide, according to a statement from the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
According to the recall notice, no customers have reported an illness from using the affected meat products.
George’s Prepared Foods has recalled 6,444 pounds of Walmart’s Great Value brand over salmonella concerns. Pictured: Recalled Great Value Fully Cooked Original Pork Sausage Patties
The company said a small group of the products tested positive for the bacteria during sampling. However, they were then accidentally shipped nationwide instead of being disposed. Pictured: Recalled Great Value Fully Cooked Original Breakfast Turkey Patties, left, and Family Size Great Value Fully Cooked Original Pork Sausage Patties, right
FSIS specified neither when George’s Prepared Foods discovered the issue nor when the company contacted health officials.
Subject to recall are 24.92-ounce packages of Great Value Fully Cooked Original Pork Sausage Patties and Great Value Fully Cooked Original Breakfast Turkey Patties.
The 35.6-ounce packages of Family Size Great Value Fully Cooked Original Pork Sausage Patties are also affected.
They were produced and packaged between April 19 and May 9 of this year and then shipped to retail locations across the country.
The recalled products have best-if-used-by dates between October 16 and November 5, 2019.
Lot codes of the affected products are 1091971894, 1171971897, 1271972894, and 1291972894.
They also have the establishment number EST. M2206T or P-2260T printed on the packages.
FSIS classified the recall as Class I meaning ‘a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death’.
Customers are urged not to consume the products and either throw them out or return them to the store where they were purchased for a refund.
Anyone with questions has been asked to call George’s Prepared Foods’ Customer Care Line at (800) 471-9665.
Salmonella infections occur after eating raw meat and eggs or foods that are contaminated with the bacteria.
Symptoms can include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain that generally last between four and seven days.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, salmonella is the cause for 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations, and 450 deaths in the US annually.
Most people can recover without treatment, although there are cases where antibiotics or IV fluids are needed.