Pepperoni Recalled for Traces of Foreign Metal Material

( – Several batches of Wegmans’ Italian Classics Uncured Pepperoni have been recalled due to the discovery that these may have been contaminated by a foreign metal material.

The products that are covered by the recall have the UPC number of 2-07939-00000-6 found on its packaging, and carry “Best By” dates of August 28, 2024 and August 29, 2024. Customers who have the said products can return them to any Wegmans store to receive a full refund, and can also contact the store’s customer service hotline at 1-855-934-3663 for more details on the recall.

Wegmans, one of the major grocery chains in the middle and eastern parts of the U.S., has stores in Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Massachusetts North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia, as well as a Washington, D.C. storefront.

Contamination of the sort seen in the Wegmans pepperoni usually happen when parts of machinery break off or wear off, or when factory workers’ gloves fall inadvertently into the meat or mix.

The pepperoni recall is not the first for the grocery store chain this year, however. Wegmans has issued more than a dozen recall notices in 2024, and before this current recall, the most recent was one in May for Lundberg Family Farms Sustainable Wild Blend rice packets. The recall also involved the possibility of foreign material contamination. In April, Wegmans issued a recall for its Half Loaf Garlic Bread product, over a failure to declare a dairy ingredient in the product’s packaging.

Wegmans recall also follows another recall, this time from the Fresh State Produce Sales, a Florida-based company, which said it was issuing a recall for its whole cucumbers over concerns that it might be contaminated with salmonella. The product was distributed in May this year – May 17 to May 21, to be exact – to various wholesalers, distribution centers, and food service distributors across 14 states.

Market and brand research firm Sedgwick says that U.S. product recalls for the first quarter of the year were up 8% compared to the same time frame a year ago.

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