Products, lot codes and all you need to know about rubber contamination

Bob Evans Farms Foods Inc. has reportedly recalled more than 7,560 pounds of Italian pork sausages due to possible fine blue rubber contamination. On October 21, 2022, the Xenia, Ohio facility notified the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) after receiving consumer complaints about rubber.

The United States Department of Agriculture’s FSIS made the announcement immediately after the Ohio-based company alerted it to the foreign object contamination.

The products in question have been shipped to outlets across the country.

Which Bob Evans products are part of the recall?

Bob Evans is recalling a product nationwide (image via Bob Evans)
Bob Evans is recalling a product nationwide (image via Bob Evans)

The recalled raw Italian pork sausages were produced on September 8, 2022 and shipped nationwide.

> 1 lb. Chubs containing “Bob Evans Italian Sausage” with batch code XFR3663466 and one “USE/FRZ BY” date of 11/26/22. The timestamp is between 2:43 p.m. and 3:25 p.m.

The product bears the establishment number “EST. 6785″ inside USDA inspection mark.

The recall product (image via Bob Evans)
The recall product (image via Bob Evans)
Recalled product lot codes (image via FSIS)
Recalled product lot codes (image via FSIS)

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse effects or injuries from the product, but FSIS has urged people to be cautious. Anyone who purchased the item with the above lot code and date stamps should return the product to the retailer they purchased it from for a return or refund.

FSIS also suspects that these products could be in consumer refrigerators or freezers.

What are the effects of rubber consumption?

You don’t need to worry about rubber-contaminated products unless they are allergic, but caution should be exercised. If the amount of ruber ingested is small, it is likely that the contaminant will pass through the digestive system within a day or two.

However, if the piece of rubber is larger, there is a risk of it getting stuck in the esophagus, which could lead to death from asphyxiation.

If the piece of consumed rubber itself is contaminated or contains hazardous materials, the chances of bacterial infection, power failure, poisoning and other problems are high. Although the stomach houses very strong hydrochloric acid, it is not strong enough to digest rubber.

But once the rubber has passed through the esophagus to the stomach, there is a good chance that it will be repaired by surgery or other means.

Many chemicals added to rubber products are harmful in the long term. BPA and phthalates are examples of these harmful chemicals. BPA is added to products to make them stronger, while phthalates are added to make them more flexible.

Long exposure to BPA and phalates can create health problems, including disrupting thyroid function and causing infertility. Only about seven years ago, phthalates were completely excluded from rubber products. A popular rubber substitute now is silicone.

FSIS routinely checks with companies that have issued recalls to see if they are telling consumers about the problem, making sure these products are no longer available to them.

If anyone has questions about the Bob Evans product recall, they can contact Geo Money, Director of Cummincations at Bob Evans Farms Foods Inc. at 440-463-3264 or [email protected]

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