WASHINGTON – The US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on May 20 that Sioux Center, Iowa-based Smithfield Packaged Meats Corp. recalled approximately 185,610 lbs of ready-to-eat (RTE) bacon topping products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal.

FSIS expects additional products containing the bacon will be added to the recall and urged consumers to check back frequently to view updated lists and labels.

The RTE items were produced between Feb. 21, 2022 and Feb. 23, 2022 and March 3, 2022 to March 5, 2022. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 5-lb packages containing “Golden Crisp PATRICK CUDAHY PRECOOKED BACON TOPPING” SKU 43200 12002 with lot codes 2054, 2062 and 2063.
  • 5-lb packages containing “Smithfield PRECOOKED BACON TOPPING” SKU 43200 12003 with lot codes 2063 and 2064.
  • 5-lb packages containing “Golden Crisp PATRICK CUDAHY FULLY COOKED BACON TOPPING APPLEWOOD SMOKED” SKU 43200 12296 with lot codes 2053 and 2062.
  • 5-lb packages containing “Smithfield FULLY COOKED BACON TOPPING” SKU 43200 12663 with lot code 2064.
  • 5-lb packages containing “MEMBER’S MARK FULLY COOKED BACON CRUMBLES” SKU 78742240923 with “BEST IF USED BY” date of “2022-11-18.”

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 27384” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to distributors and retail locations nationwide. Some of the bacon products may have been used to produce other products.

The firm discovered the problem after the receiving a customer complaint reporting metal in the RTE bacon topping product.

No cases of injuries or adverse reactions due to consumption of the products have been reported.