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Class II USDA Recall – Adulterated Turkey Bacon Products

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Elsie Aniekwe2 years ago

Newberry, South Carolina’s very own Kraft Heinz Food Company is recalling roughly about 2,068,467 pounds of turkey bacon products. 

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the products may be adulterated because it may spoil before the “Best When Used By” date.

About the Kraft Turkey Bacon Recall

According to the USDA, the turkey bacon was produced between May 31, 2015, and August 6, 2015.  The problem was detected by the federal regulator during an investigation into spoilage-related consumer complaints.  

Of the turkey bacon products being recalled are: Oscar Mayer “Selects Uncured Turkey Bacon” and Oscar Mayer Turkey Bacon “Smoked Cured Turkey Chopped and Formed.” 

The FSIS classifies the recall as a Class II in that the turkey bacon products pose a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.

Illnesses/Deaths Reported

  • FSIS has yet to establish any confirmed reports of adverse reactions or deaths related to the consumption of these products.  
  • Kraft Heinz has received reports of illness related to the consumption of these products. 
  • If you are concerned about an injury or illness contact a healthcare provider.  
Adulteration of Food
  • According to the Encyclopedia of Food and Culture, “Adulteration” is a legal term meaning that a food product fails to meet federal or state standards.
  • Adulteration usually refers to noncompliance with health or safety standards as determined, in the US, by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
  • Generally, if a food contains a poisonous or deleterious substance that may render it injurious to health, it is adulterated. 
Food Poisoning and its Possible Long-term Effects

According to, a partner of USDA and FDA, one in six Americans will get sick from food poisoning/contamination this year. That’s about 48 million people.

Most of them will recover without any lasting effects from their illness. For some, however, the effects can be devastating and even deadly.

Common side effects of food related illness include:

  • Kidney Failure
  • Chronic Arthritis
  • Brain and Nerve Damage
  • Death


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