Hormel Foods Corporation, makers of Spam, have issued a recall of roughly 228,614 pounds of their canned pork and chicken product after receiving complaints of small metal fragments inside certain cans.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced the recall over the weekend saying the company had received "four consumer complaints" claiming they had found the small pieces of metal in the product. While the recall doesn't specify if any of those consumers suffered any injuries, it does state people are reporting small cuts inside their mouths as a result of the contamination.

The products in question were produced "on February 8 through February 10, 2018" under the following names and product codes:

  • 12-oz. metal cans containing “SPAM Classic” with a “Best By” February 2021 date and production codes: F020881, F020882, F020883, F020884, F020885, F020886, F020887, F020888 and F020889. These products were shipped throughout the United States.
  • 12-oz. metal cans containing “Hormel Foods Black-Label Luncheon Loaf” with a “Best By” February 2021 date and production codes F02098 and F02108. These products were shipped to Guam only.

If you have a can or two of Spam sitting in your pantry, be sure to check it's product number (usually listed on the bottom of the can) before you eat it. In the event you do have a container listed above, the FSIS recommends either throwing it in the trash, or returning it to the store where it was purchased.

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