SPAM Recall Alert! Over 228,000 Pounds Tainted With Jagged Metals — Here’s What To Do

Posted On : 05/28/2018

UNITED STATES — After various complaints, the company is recalling several thousand pounds of Spam. So, if you have some, here’s what you need to do.

According to NBC News, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is recalling more than 228,000 pounds of Spam and another products made by Minnesota-based Hormel.

The recall comes after four consumers complained about metal objects in their foods.

Via the company’s website, it mentions as follows.

“From our family to yours, we want you to know that we take consumer and food safety very seriously and apologize to our fans for this situation. Please know this recall only affects a very limited number, 3,985 cases, of 12 oz. SPAM® Classic product produced at one facility on one production day. Only this very small amount of product was affected.”

“No other sizes, varieties, other packaging configurations, or code dates of SPAM® Classic are included in this recall,” the company says.

Specifically, Hormel notes the affected states as part of the recall:

  • Alaska
  • Alabama
  • Arkansas
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Illinois
  • Kentucky
  • Massachusetts
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • North Carolina
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Puerto Rico
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • and West Virginia.

The other products involved in the recall, according to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, are Hormel’s the canned chicken and pork.

The tainted products in question were produced in February, supposedly at the company’s plant in Fremont, Nebraska. The recall covers 12-ounce metal cans containing “SPAM Classic” with a “Best By” date of February 2021.

Reportedly, those products were shipped throughout the U.S. The production codes are:

  • F020881
  • F020882
  • F020883
  • F020884
  • F020885
  • F020886
  • F020887
  • F020888
  • and F020889.

Likewise, the recall also includes 12-ounce metal cans of “Hormel Foods Black-Label Luncheon Loaf” with a “Best By” date of February 2021. Those products were shipped only to Guam, with production codes F02098 and F02108.

The government agency reports that “minor oral injuries” have been submitted.

Also, it says that products shipped to Costco® Wholesale, Sam’s Club, or BJ’s Wholesale Club stores are not part of the recall.


According to the company’s website, Hormel has instructed the public on specific steps to undergo in determining recalled products.

Step One:

Verify that your SPAM® product is 12 oz. SPAM® Classic. The word “Classic” appears under the “M” in SPAM® on the front of the can. Check the UPC code on the side of the can. If the UPC code is 37600-13872, please continue to step 2.

Step Two:

Turn the can upside down. The production code information is on the bottom of the can.

Step Three:

If your can has the stamp “EST 199P” – it is NOT part of the recall.

Step Four:

If your can has the stamp “EST 199N” and has any of the production codes listed below with a “Best By Feb 2021” date, it is part of the recall.

Step Five:

You can either return it to the store where purchased for an exchange or call Hormel Foods Consumer Engagement at 1-800-523-4635, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Central Time.

“We apologize to our fans for this inconvenience,” the company further states regarding the recall. “Our company is committed to food safety and will continue to invest in our processes to ensure the quality and wholesomeness of our products.”

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