January 19 (UPI) – The Johnsonville company, based in Milwaukee, has recalled more than 48,000 pounds of ground raw pork products because of concerns that they may be contaminated with black rubber.
The recall applies to the 24-ounce boxes of Johnsonville Grillers Cheddar frozen cheese flavor and bacon with "Best Tasting for" dates of July 24 and August 13 to 14, according to the company's website.
Approximately 48,371 pounds of the products "may be contaminated with foreign materials, specifically black rubber," the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture announced Friday.
The problem was discovered when the company received three consumer complaints regarding black rubber in the product and the USDA was notified of the problem on Thursday.
The company said the rubber parts came from a rubber gasket that came off a processing device, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
Johnsonville said in a statement that potentially contaminated products were shipped to outlets in 31 states.
He added that the withdrawal was voluntary and did not affect his other products. Consumers who have purchased products that do not consume them are recommended, as adverse reactions have been reported.