Your choice of snack foods likely comes down to a few determining factors: What you're hungry for, how much you want to spend, and your specific nutritional or dietary needs and preferences. However, if you regularly eat pork rinds, it might be a good idea to question whether or not your snack of choice is safe to eat, too.
On Oct. 14, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), a division of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announced that Chicago, Illinois-based Evans Food Group Ltd. had recalled approximately 10,359 pounds of its pork pellet products. The pork pellets, which were imported on Sept. 15, 2021, were subsequently made into multiple popular snack foods, which have since been recalled.
The affected products include:
Mac's 3-oz. Original Porkskin, 12 count
Mac's 5-oz. Original Porkskin, 8 count
Mac's 5-oz. Jalapeño Porkskin, 8 count
Mac's 1.5-oz BBQ Skin Caddy, 2-7 count
Cazo de Oro 8-oz. Hot Porkskin, 15 count
Cazo de Oro 3.5-oz. Hot Porkskin, 24 count
Cazo de Oro 5-lb. Sancocho, 1 count
7-Select 2.1-oz. Chili Lime Porkskin, 6 count
7-Select 2.1-oz. Original Porkskin, 6 count
7-Select 2.1-oz. BBQ Porkskin, 6 count
7-Select 2.1-oz. Hot Porkskin, 6 count
Pamana 2.25-oz. Salt&Vinegar Porkskin, 12 count
Turkey Creek 2-oz. Chili Lime Hole Punch Porkskin
Turkey Creek 2-oz. Original Hole Punch Porkskin, 12 count
Turkey Creek 4-oz. BBQ Porkskin, 12 count
Turkey Creek 4-oz. Dill Pickle Porkskin, 12 count
Turkey Creek 4-oz. Hot Porkskin, 12 count
Turkey Creek 4-oz. Original Porkskin, 12 count
These foods, which were sent to retailers in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Washington, have establishment number "EST. 6030" printed within the USDA mark of inspection on their packaging.
The products were recalled after it was discovered that they had not been appropriately re-inspected following their importation into the U.S. This problem was recognized during "routine FSIS surveillance activities of imported products," the recall notice states.
While the FSIS notes that there have been no confirmed reports of illness associated with the recalled products, the authority recommends that anyone who is in possession of these snacks does not consume them. If you have eaten any of the recalled foods and believe that you've experienced health issues related to their consumption, contact a healthcare professional.
If you have any of the recalled snacks at home, either return them to the store from which they were purchased or throw them away. If you have questions about the recall, you can contact Evans Food Group Ltd.'s Vice President of Research and Development, Arturo Gutierrez, at (800) 543-7113.
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