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WASHINGTON – Hempler Foods Group LLC, Ferndale, Washington, announced a recall of approximately 4,068 lbs. of pepperoni sticks products that may be contaminated with foreign matter, specifically metal, the US Dept. of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Jan. 4.

Hempler Foods notified FSIS after receiving three consumer complaints, reporting small metal pieces in the pepperoni products. However, there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of the products.

The pepperoni stick items were produced on Oct. 10, 2017, and bear establishment number “EST. 6410” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The items were distributed for institutional use and shipped to retail locations in Eastern Washington. The recalled products include:

• 2.25-lb. vacuum-packed packages containing “HEMPLER’S FAMILY CLASSIC PEPPERONI NATURAL SMOKE FLAVORING ADDED” with a “packed on” date of 10/10/2017 and case code 59716.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.