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Sales Of Low Cost Canned Meat Spam On The Rise Amid Rising Food Cost
Spam, the often-maligned classic canned lunch meat made by Hormel Foods, is seen on a grocery store shelf May 29, 2008 in Sierra Madre, California. Spam was created in 1937 and was popularized as a staple food for World War II Western allied forces.
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Spam lovers beware.

A recall has been issued for 228,614 pounds of the famous canned meat product due to contamination from shards of metal.

The recall was announced Saturday after Hormel Food Corp., which manufactures Spam, "received four consumer complaints stating that metal objects were found in the canned products," according to the United States Department of Agriculture.

The types of Spam affected are 12-ounce "Spam classic" cans, which were shipped nationally across the U.S., and 12-ounce "Hormel Foods Black-Label Luncheon Loaf" cans, which were only shipped to Guam.

The canned meat products were produced Feb. 8 through Feb. 10 and the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service said it is concerned some of the Spam product may still be in people's homes.

While only reports of "minor oral injuries" have been reported, anyone worried about further sickness or injury should get in touch with a health care provider. Regardless of illness, any Spam cans fitting the description "should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase," according to the USDA.

Here's what to look for on the labels of Spam to check whether you have a potentially contaminated product:

  • Spam Classic: a "best by" date of February 2021 and production codes: F020881, F020882, F020883, F020884, F020885, F020886, F020887, F020888 and F020889.
  • Hormel Foods Black-Label Luncheon Loaf: a "best by" date of February 2021 and production codes F02098 and F02108.

If you have any questions or concerns about the recalled Spam you can contact Hormel Foods' consumer response at (800) 523-4635.