SAN ANTONIO, Texas (KPEL News) - A popular ethnic cooking ingredient is under recall in portions of Texas after a meat packing company issued a warning about packaging contamination.

Chorizo is a highly seasoned pork sausage that originates from Spain and Portugal. It is typically made from coarsely chopped pork and seasoned with a variety of spices, such as paprika, garlic, and chili peppers, which give it its characteristic flavor and red color.

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Chorizo can be found in two main forms: fresh, which requires cooking before consumption, and cured or smoked, which is ready to eat. It is used in a wide range of dishes, including stews, soups, tacos, and tapas, adding a rich and spicy flavor to the cuisine it is featured in.

The San Antonio Packing Company has issued a recall for a line of raw chorizo product after it was discovered the lot was contaminated with "foreign material, specifically hard plastic and metal."


According to the USDA, the recall only affects that portion of Texas at this time.

The recall applies to "12-oz. vacuum-sealed packages containing 'LEAN apco BRAND MEATS ALL NATURAL PREMIUM CHORIZO' with the best-by date of 5/12/24," the USDA said.

"The problem was discovered after the firm notified FSIS that it had received a consumer complaint reporting that pieces of hard plastic and metal were found in the raw pork chorizo product," the agency notes. "There have been no confirmed reports of injury or illness due to consumption of this product. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider."

"FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers' refrigerators or freezers," the USDA added. "Consumers who have purchased this product are urged not to consume them. This product should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase."

You can find more information from the USDA here.

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