In a nightmare scenario for New Yorkers (and Americans in general) who dig hot dogs and other cured meats, Marathon Enterprises Inc., is recalling more than 7.1 million pounds of frankfurters, sausage, and salami due to the possibility of bone fragments being inside the products, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
The Bronx-based company owns Sabrett, and produces products for other New York-centric brands like Papaya King, Western Beef and Katz’s Delicatessen, as well Stew Leonard’s private label frankfurters and the 1906 Premium brand. The beef and pork hot dog and sausage products were produced on various dates between March 17 and July 4 of this year and were shipped nationwide. Here’s a complete list of the recalled items.
The recall also covers hot dogs and salami sold to restaurants and other establishments under the Sabrett, Nathan’s Private Label, and Katz’s Delicatessen labels.
This news comes on the heels of a recall of another famous New York hot dog brand, Nathan’s, in which more than 200,000 pounds of frankfurters contaminated with metal shards were recalled.
The Sabrett issue was discovered after the FSIS received a complaint from a customer who found small bone fragments and cartilage in one of the products. There was one minor injury to a person’s mouth from eating the meat, according to the FSIS.
After learning about the problem, Sabratt’s staff began an investigation and determined it was due to faulty equipment installation that has since been fixed, according to the company.
“Sabrett has a 90-year history of assuring the safety and quality of its beloved hot dogs, and deeply regrets any concern or inconvenience this has caused its many loyal customers,” the company said in a statement. “Sabrett is working closely with the USDA to effectively communicate to its customers with regards to this recall and to assure those customers that the recalled products are no longer in stores. Sabrett is extremely grateful for the continued loyalty of its many valued customers.”
The FSIS says not to consume these products. You should either throw them away or return them to where they were purchased. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider. Consumers with questions about the recall can contact John Terminello, Sabrett’s consumer relations specialist, at 1-800- Sabrett, weekdays from 8:30a.m. to 5:15p.m. or call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888- MPHotline, weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (all times Eastern).