If You Have This Meat at Home, Throw It Away, USDA Says

The popular product may be contaminated with dangerous bacteria, the agency confirms.

Grilling season may be coming to a close, but that doesn't mean that you have to say goodbye to burgers and hot dogs until next summer. However, if you have a craving for a hot dog these days, you may want to double-check where it came from before you take a bite. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) just announced that thousands of pounds of hot dogs are being recalled right now due to the risk of serious illness they pose to anyone who consumes them. Read on to discover if you should be tossing this product now.

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More than 2,000 pounds of hot dogs are being recalled.

yellow packaging for mighty meat hot dogs
Courtesy of Espi's Sausage and Tocino Co.

On Sept. 28, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that Espi's Sausage and Tocino Co. is recalling approximately 2,048 pounds of its hot dogs.

The frozen ready-to-eat chicken and pork hot dogs come in 12-oz. vacuum-packed plastic packages labeled "Argentina Mighty Meaty Chicken and Pork Hotdog Jumbo." The hot dogs affected by the recall are also marked with establishment number EST. P-17524 and a sell-by date of May 15, 2022, written as "051922."

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The hot dogs may be contaminated with dangerous bacteria.

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Shutterstock/Joshua Resnick

The hot dogs were pulled from the market after a third-party lab confirmed that the products had come into contact with a surface that tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.

This information was subsequently revealed to the FSIS while the authority was reviewing the company's records.

Infections caused by Listeria can cause serious illness or death.

Man with stomach ache

Listeriosis, an infection caused by Listeria bacteria, can cause health issues including balance problems, confusion, convulsions, fever, headache, muscle aches, and neck stiffness, in addition to gastrointestinal symptoms.

In pregnant people, the condition can cause premature birth, miscarriage, or stillbirth, and it may prove fatal for some individuals, particularly older adults and the immunocompromised. At the time the recall was announced, there had been no confirmed reports of the recalled products causing illness, thankfully.

If you have the recalled foods at home, don't eat them.

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If you purchased the affected hot dogs, don't eat them. Instead, return them to the store from which they were purchased or throw them away.

If you have eaten the recalled hot dogs and think you're experiencing symptoms related to their consumption, contact a healthcare professional immediately. Those with questions about the recall should contact Espi's Sausage and Tocino Co.'s plant manager, Ester Somintac, at (206) 722-3365 or espisfood@yahoo.com.

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Sarah Crow
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