Every summer, Americans grill millions of pounds of hotdogs. And they’re one of the most popular foods to eat for children and adults alike. They’re easily modified with your favorite condiments like ketchup and mustard. Or you can spice them up with hot chili or jalapenos. The possibilities are endless. But now, one of the most recognizable hot dog brand is messing up right before National Hot Dog Day this Wednesday. The markers of Sabrett frankfurters are recalling more than 7 million pounds of beef and pork hot dogs because of a dangerous contamination.
Besides the popular hotdog products sold by Sabrett, many of their other sausage products were also contaminated. They’re not a source of e coli or some other food borne illness. These hotdogs have been contaminated with small pieces of bone and cartilage. That means every bite you take into a Sabrett hotdog product could hurt or worse.
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is on top of the food recall.
The full recall list includes more than a dozen popular products. Meanwhile, Sabrett, which is a self-proclaimed “fourth-generation, family-owned company” is trying to get out ahead of the bad PR with the following statement:
“Sabrett takes its responsibility to provide safe foods very seriously with a robust internal food safety program.
“As a voluntary measure and in an abundance of caution, Sabrett has recalled hot dogs and a limited number of other food products produced in one of its food plants between March 17 and July 4, 2017, with a Sell-By Date ranging from June 19, 2017 to October 6, 2017.
“Sabrett has a 90-year history of assuring the safety and quality of its beloved hot dogs, and deeply regrets any concern or inconvenience this has caused its many loyal customers. Sabrett is committed to swiftly and thoroughly executing this recall.”
The fault for the bone laden hotdogs was “an equipment installation issue.” How that put bones into American hotdogs is unclear. But after Sabrett discovered the problem, they took immediate action.
If you still have Sabrett hotdogs, you’re going to want to check the following information to verify if they’re safe or not.
First, Sabrett products manufactured between March 17, 2017 and July 4, 2017 are at risk. They were shipped nationwide and could be in your fridge right now.
Next, look for the USDA inspection mark and see the establishment number “EST. 8854” and you have to start worrying.
Do the Sabrett hotdogs you have a sell-by-date between June 19, 2017 and October 6, 2017? They could be at risk. Either throw them away or return them to your grocery store for a refund.
According to the New York-based company, “Sabrett is working closely with the USDA to effectively communicate to its customers with regards to this recall and to assure those customers that the recalled products are no longer in stores.”
Do you think you’ll buy this hotdog brand anytime soon or will you keep away just in case? Or will you eat their products anyway?
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