Over 7 million pounds of hot dogs and sausages are the subject of a recall by a New York meat processor. Most of those recalled were packaged under the well-known New York brand Sabrett.
The recall was spurred by complaints by consumers who encountered small pieces of bone within some of the products, according to the US Department of Agriculture.
Only one case of a “minor oral injury” has been reported due to the extra, unwanted ingredient found in the meat. There were no other reports of injury or illness due to the products, which were produced by Marathon Enterprises Inc., a meat processing establishment located in the Bronx.
The hot dogs were sold across the country, most of them under the Sabrett brand, said the USDA.
“As a fourth-generation, family-owned company, Sabrett takes its responsibility to provide safe foods very seriously with a robust internal food safety program,” Marathon said in a statement posted on its website. “Sabrett deeply regrets any concern or inconvenience this has caused its loyal customers.”
Sabrett brand hot dogs are the very ones sold by vendors all over New York City from pushcarts covered by yellow and blue umbrellas.
The suspicious hot dogs were manufactured from March 17 until July 4, carrying a sell-by date ranging from June 19 to October 6, 2017.
The USDA made the meat subject to a Class 1 recall, meaning that the governmental agency believes the meat to be a health hazard that presents a “reasonable probability” of causing “serious, adverse health consequences or death,” if eaten. The Englewood, New Jersey-based company stated that it is recalling the produce out of “an abundance of caution.”