Oscar Mayer recalls 2 million turkey bacon products after reported illnesses

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Oscar Mayer is recalling 2 million pounds of turkey bacon after illnesses were reported by people who had eaten the products.

The meat firm's parent company Kraft Heinz Food is recalling three products, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, because they may spoil before its "Best When Used By Date."

The FSIS said in a statement Wednesday that Oscar Mayer had received reports of spoiling-related illnesses and launched an investigation, though no reports of "adverse reactions" have been submitted to the FSIS.

It related to turkey bacon produced between May 31 and Aug. 6 this year. The following products are being recalled:

  • 56-ounce cardboard boxes marked Oscar Mayer "Selects Uncured Turkey Bacon" with plant number P-9070, line number RS19 and Product UPC 04470007633 0, with a "Best When Used By Date" of Aug. 24-Oct. 26, 2015.
  • 36-ounce cardboard boxes marked Oscar Mayer Turkey Bacon "Smoked Cured Turkey Chopped and Formed" with plant number P-9070, line number RS19 and Product UPC 07187154874 8, with a "Best When Used by Date" between Aug. 28-Oct. 20, 2015.
  • 48-ounce cardboard boxes marked Oscar Mayer Turkey Bacon “Smoked Cured Turkey Chopped and Formed” with plant number P-9070, line number RS19 and Product UPC 0 7187154879 3, with “Best When Used By” dates of Sept. 3-Oct. 30, 2015.

NBC News reports that the recall is rated at "Class II," meaning there is a "remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product."

"Kraft Heinz is voluntarily withdrawing select code dates of Oscar Mayer Turkey Bacon due to the possibility that some product may spoil before the 'Best When Used By' date," Oscar Mayer said on its Facebook page.

"Although this premature spoilage is not a food safety issue, it can affect the high quality taste, texture and appearance you expect from Oscar Mayer. We work every day to exceed your expectations and we sincerely apologize for this situation."

One commenter in reply to Oscar Mayer's posting said: "We threw it away before we even knew it was recalled. It was clearly spoiled."

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