USDA issues public health alert for possibly contaminated chorizo sold at HEB

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — If you’ve purchased a certain brand of chorizo from HEB recently, there’s been a safety recall.

The U.S Department of Agriculture has issued a public health alert concerning “Lean APCO brand meats all-natural premium chorizo”.  It was sold at HEB and has a best-by date of May 12.

The USDA says it may be contaminated.

The alert was sent out after receiving complaints about hard pieces of plastic and metal found in the chorizo.

The owners of APCO Brand Meats, San Antonio Packing Company, sent out a statement that includes the following:

“The product had a sell by date of 5-12-24, and after investigation we discovered that 490 cases of product (2940lbs) that were produced on that day. With this knowledge, we took immediate action in notifying our partners at HEB as well as USDA/FSIS and began taking steps towards a “recall” or “product withdrawal.” After providing this information to the USDA/FSIS, they decided that the best course of action would be to issue a Public Health Alert due to the age of the product, meaning it did not have enough shelf life left to still be available on HEB’s shelves. This is the only incident that has been reported.”

The USDA says there have been no injuries or illnesses reported by anyone who consumed the product.

They say if you’ve purchased it you should throw it away or return it to HEB.

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