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Smithfield Meat Company and Kellogg's Both Issue Food Recalls

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Several food recalls were announced in the past few days, including Kellogg's Special K Red Berries and Smithfield Sausages. Kellogg's says that some boxes of its cereal may contain glass fragments, while Smithfield says that some sausages may contain pieces of plastic.

Kellogg's announced the recall on February 15 and is offering consumers who purchased 11.2- and 37-ounce packages and a 22.4-ounce twin pack of Red Berries a replacement coupon. The company also announced that no consumers have been injured by the possible presence of the glass fragments. Kellogg's has issued several other recalls in the past few years, including certain packages of Mini-Wheat Bite Size cereal because of the presence of metal mesh from a faulty manufacturing plant. In addition, the company also had a major recall two years ago of Apple Jacks, Corn Pops and Fruit Loops cereals because of a strange odor coming from the boxes of cereal. Later, it was discovered that the cereals smelled odd because of elevated levels of chemicals.

Smithfield is recalling 38,000 pounds of pork sausage because it may contain small pieces of plastic, which the company suspects are from plastic gloves used to handle meat in the plants. The recalled products are 1-pound packages of Gwaltney mild pork sausage roll with a use-by date of March 12, 2013. The company discovered the problem after two consumer complaints, although no one was injured. The products were distributed in Florida, Alabama, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas.