More Than 35,000 Pounds of Meat Recalled by Major Brand in 11 States

Updated: Mar. 08, 2024

It's the lighter version of a decadent meal...but in this case, that might not make it healthier.

If you recently grabbed the turkey version of a popular kielbasa brand, today authorities have issued an important food safety alert: Customers report that a popular sausage brand sold nationwide might be harboring an unpleasant and potentially dangerous surprise. Salm Partners, LLC, which produces well-known Johnsonville products, is recalling 35,430 pounds of one type of sausage due to multiple complaints, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) alert sent out on March 7, 2024.

The recall was initiated after two consumers reported the presence of a “black rubber material” in the sausage. The affected products were produced between October 30 and 31, 2023, and have the establishment number “P-32009” on the side of the package. The recall involved the brand’s kielbasa line which features one long piece of sausage curled into a “U” shape in the package. Specifically, the turkey variety is the one involved in the recall. Here’s what to look for:

  • 12-oz. vacuum-packed packages containing a single piece of “Johnsonville POLISH KIELBASA TURKEY” sausage with best-by dates “05/17/24” and “05/18/24” printed on the side of the packaging.

While the FSIS notice says the product was shipped nationwide, Johnsonville’s post on the recall says it mainly affects 11 states: California, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin.

Beyond finding plastic, the FSIS notes that there have not been any injuries or other issues associated with the consumption of the sausage. Anyone with this product should throw it away or return it to the place of purchase. The FSIS notes that the product could be stored in refrigerators and freezers due to its shelf life. Customers with questions are directed to text or call 888-556-2728 or reach out via the “Contact Us” section of

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First-aid for swallowed objects

In general, most swallowed foreign objects will slowly make their way through the digestive system. The danger is when they are large, sharp, or corrosive, according to the Mayo Clinic. However, if you suspect you or a loved one has swallowed anything unintentionally, contact a healthcare provider for advice. If the object was in a food be sure to report the issues to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or FSIS.