Labor Day is in the rearview mirror, but the summer of strange recalls continues.
On Thursday, August 31, Klement Sausage Company Inc. of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, recalled 2,920 pounds of frozen bratwurst patties because they might contain...wait for it...pieces of a plastic pen.
According to the USDA press release, the problem came to light when "food preparation personnel...discovered the foreign matter while preparing to cook the product," which is a moment at which Gut Check would have loved to have been present.
From that press release, here are the specific details:
All products were produced on July 6, 2012. The packages bear the establishment number "EST. 2426B" in the USDA mark of inspection and the batch number "21097" on the case label. The products were distributed for foodservice use in Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
As you can see, the recall doesn't include Missouri or Illinois, but like we're going to miss a chance to note a freakin' pen in a frozen bratwurst patty.
Earlier this summer, Johnsonville Sausages was forced to recall some sausages because they were contaminated by pieces of a glove, while another Wisconsin company, Kenosha Beef International, recalled frozen cheeseburger patties that contained pieces of a gasket.
Meanwhile, from the FDA comes word that Somersault Snack Co. LLC has voluntarily recalled six-ounce packages of its Somersaults Pacific Sea Salt because -- and we're just going to quote the press release here for maximum corporate speak -- "limited quantities of Somersaults Santa Fe Salsa flavored product were inadvertently commingled with Somersaults Pacific Sea Salt flavored product in packages labeled as Somersaults Pacific Sea Salt 6oz."
This inadvertent commingling (the risk of which is, as we remember it, why Gut Check was always told to leave room for the Holy Spirit when dancing at middle-school mixers except no one ever asked Gut Check to dance, and we stood in a corner, nursing a store-brand cola) introduced an allergen, milk, into the sea salt.
The recalled packages have a sell-by date of MAR1113 G6 and UPC Product Code of 8-98403-00201-7.