The Kraft Heinz company has recalled over 2 million pounds of potentially rancid turkey bacon. The bacon is in danger of prematurely spoiling, the company said in a recall announcement released Tuesday.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), 2,068,467 pounds of turkey bacon produced under the Oscar Mayer label have been recalled. According to the regulator, the food product "may be adulterated because it may spoil before the 'Best When Used By' date." According to the USDA, the issue was discovered after Kraft Heinz received complaints of prematurely rancid bacon from customers.
How to Know if You Have Bad Bacon
Consumers can identify affected packages of turkey bacon by the information printed on the bacon packaging. The potentially rancid meat products were packaged from May 31 through Aug. 6, 2015. The affected packages are labeled as follows:
- Selects Uncured Turkey Bacon from plant number P-9070, Product UPC 0 4470007633 0
- Smoked Cured Turkey Chopped and Formed from plant number P-9070, Product UPC 0 7187154874 8
- Smoked Cured Turkey Chopped and Formed from plant number P-9070, Product UPC 0 7187154879 3
This meat recall been classified as a Class II level recall. In other words, it is a "health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product," according to the USDA. As such, if you believe you may have accidentally consumed the rancid bacon, rest assured that the recall is considered to have a low health risk. That said, this is bad press for bacon-maker Kraft Heinz. Earlier in August, Kraft Heinz laid off approximately 2,500 people as a part of an effort to save $1.7 billion from its operational budget before 2017.
Did Kraft Heinz Lay Off the Wrong People?
Maybe Kraft Heinz laid off the wrong people, and the quality of its turkey bacon is suffering as a result. No doubt the recall of so much meat will cause a giant loss of profit for the company. If individuals are sickened and seriously injured as a result of the rancid bacon, the company could also be subjected to product liability lawsuits.
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