What do pork sausages and face masks have to do with each other? More than you might think! Here’s what you need to know.
The state of Missouri just recalled almost 50,000 KN95 masks issued to first responders. Sandy Karsten, the Director of Public Safety for the state, says that these masks do not meet safety standards.
Unfortunately, law enforcement and firefighters across the state already received the masks between April 2 and April 8. The CDC recently approved the KN95 masks as an alternative to the N95 mask, which is in extremely short supply. However, SEMA and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services deemed the masks to be substandard.
The masks came from multiple manufacturers overseas. They may have the name “Huabai” or “SANQUI” on the package. Some packages are unmarked or labeled with Chinese characters.
In a letter, SEMA stated: “If your agency received KN95 masks from SEMA, we request that they be taken out of circulation and placed in a secure location until arrangements can be made for SEMA to collect the masks. Please do not utilize these masks during responses that require an N95 respirator mask.”
Jowett Farms Corporation just recalled over 40,000 pounds of sausage. But unlike most food recalls, it’s not because of salmonella or listeria. Instead, the raw pork trimmings crossed the border illegally.
The pork processing plant that provided the raw trimmings is located in Canada. The plant where the actual sausages are made and distributed is in the United States. If the meat isn’t inspected after it crosses the border, that’s a big problem for federal regulators.
This recall comes at a really bad time. People are already worried about the nation’s meat supply. A major Smithfield pork plant in South Dakota–representing about 5% of the total pork production in the US–just closed. A recall now for bureaucratic reasons could be frustrating for consumers who are already worried about whether food will run out.
The specific sausages involved in this recall are:
If you purchased these sausages, please do not eat them. Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Thomas Jowett, operations manager for Jowett Farms Corp., at 204-326-3252.