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Texas company recalls sausage products

Eddy Packing Co. Inc., a Yoakum, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 26,136 pounds of chicken apple sausage products that may contain foreign materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Saturday night.

The products subject to recall include:

• 1-pound vacuum-sealed, 3 to a pack of "ARTISAN FRESH, ALL NATURAL chicken & apple sausage" bearing the USDA mark of inspection and have a sell-by date of June 23, 2012.

• 36-pound cases containing 12 3-pound packages of "ARTISAN FRESH, ALL NATURAL CHICKEN APPLE SAUSAGE" bearing the establishment number "P-4800" inside the USDA mark of inspection and bearing codes 42450 or P13203 on the label.

The problem was discovered as a result of consumer complaints about finding pieces of plastic in the product. Federal officials and the company have received no reports of injury or illness at this time. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness from consumption of these products should contact a healthcare provider.

The products subject to recall were produced Feb. 9 and were distributed nationally through a warehouse chain on Feb. 14.

The Food Safety and Inspection Service routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Lindsey Morkovsky, the company's Vice President of Operations, at 361-293-2361.

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. "Ask Karen" live chat services are available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.

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