WASHINGTON – Schmalz's European Provisions, Springfield, NJ, recalled approximately 8,424 lbs. of chicken and apple sausage because the product may contain small pieces of plastic, the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service reported Feb. 27.

The company discovered the problem after receiving three consumer complaints. However, no injuries were reported to FSIS or Schmalz's, the agency said.

The product subject to recall includes 12-oz. vacuum packages of "Applegate Organics Chicken and Apple Sausage" with "Use or Freeze By 03/17/13" on each package. The product bears the establishment number "P-5411" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The chicken sausages were produced on Jan. 24, 2013, and were sold in retail stores nationwide and through limited internet sales in New Jersey, according to FSIS.