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Smithfield Packaged Meats Recalls Bacon Products


On May 20, 2022, Smithfield Packaged Meats Corp. recalled approximately 185,610 pounds of ready-to-eat bacon topping products due to possible foreign matter contamination.

The California Department of Education Nutrition Services Division strongly recommends that food program operators take precautions to ensure these products are not served or consumed and instead are disposed of or returned to the place of purchase per the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Please note that per the USDA, these products are not USDA Foods items.

The following information is directly from the USDA:

WASHINGTON, May 20, 2022– Smithfield Packaged Meats Corp., a Sioux Center, Iowa establishment, is recalling approximately 185,610 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) bacon topping products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

FSIS expects there to be additional products containing the bacon and urges consumers to check back frequently to view updated lists and labels.

The RTE item was produced on various dates between Feb. 21, 2022 to Feb. 23, 2022 and March 3, 2022 to March 5, 2022. The following product is subject to recall [view recalled food labels External link opens in new window or tab. (PDF)]:

  • 5-lb. packages containing “Golden Crisp PATRICK CUDAHY PRECOOKED BACON TOPPING” SKU 43200 12002 with lot codes 2054, 2062 and 2063.

  • 5-lb. packages containing “Smithfield PRECOOKED BACON TOPPING” SKU 43200 12003 with lot codes 2063 and 2064.

  • 5-lb. packages containing “Golden Crisp PATRICK CUDAHY FULLY COOKED BACON TOPPING APPLEWOOD SMOKED” SKU 43200 12296 with lot codes 2053 and 2062.

  • 5-lb. packages containing “Smithfield FULLY COOKED BACON TOPPING” SKU 43200 12663 with lot code 2064.

  • 5-lb. packages containing “MEMBER’S MARK FULLY COOKED BACON CRUMBLES” SKU 78742240923 with “BEST IF USED BY” date of “2022-11-18.”

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 27384” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to distributors and retail locations nationwide. Some of the bacon product may have been used to produce other products.

The problem was discovered after the firm received a customer complaint reporting they found metal in the RTE bacon topping product.

There have been no confirmed reports of injuries or adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ refrigerators or found at distributor and retail locations. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. Additionally, distributors and retailers are urged not to sell these products. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

For further information on this recall, please visit the USDA Recalls and Public Health Alerts web page External link opens in new window or tab..

Contact Information

Consumers or program operators with questions about the ready-to-eat bacon products recall can contact Smithfield Consumer Affairs hotline by phone at 844-342-2596.

If you have any other questions regarding this subject, please contact Jeremy Partsch, Office Technician, by phone at 916-322-3005 or by email at jpartsch@cde.ca.gov.

Questions:   Nutrition Services Division | 800-952-5609
Last Reviewed: Wednesday, May 25, 2022
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