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Marathon recalls hot dog products over bone piece contamination

FBR Staff Writer Published 17 July 2017

New York-based meat processor Marathon Enterprises is recalling over 7 million pounds of hot dog products over contamination with extraneous materials, particularly small pieces of bone.

According to the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the Class I food recall is associated with beef and pork hot dog and sausage items that were manufactured on different dates between March 17 and July 4.

Most of the meat processor’s hot dogs and sausages that are being recalled have been sold under the Sabrett brand name.

They include Sabrett Natural Casing Beef Frankfurters, Sabrett Skinless Beef Frankfurters, Sabrett Hot Susage and Jalapeno Sabrett Spicy Hot & Spicy Beef Frankfurters among others.

FSIS stated: “There has been one reported minor oral injury associated with consumption of this product. FSIS has received no additional reports of injury or illness from consumption of these products.

“Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.”

The recalled products bear establishment number “EST. 8854” inside the USDA mark of inspection and were dispatched to retail and institutional locations throughout the US.

Consumers who may have bought the concerned products have been advised not to consume them. FSIS also added that the recalled products should either be disposed by the consumers or returned to the outlet where they had bought them.

Marathon Enterprises has issued a statement which read: “As a fourth-generation, family-owned company, Sabrett takes its responsibility to provide safe foods very seriously with a robust internal food safety program.

“Sabrett deeply regrets any concern or inconvenience this has caused its loyal customers.”

The problem was identified last week through the Consumer Compliant Monitoring System (CCMS) of FSIS with consumers mainly complaining of finding bone pieces in the products.

Image: Marathon has recalled several hot dogs and sausage products owing to possible contamination. Photo: courtesy of KEKO64/Freedigitalphotos.net.