Before biting into a brat while watching football this weekend, be sure to check the label because a Chicago-based sausage company is recalling 1,305 pounds of cooked bratwurst sausage products.
Makowski's Real Sausage Co. is recalling the meat because of "misbranding and the undeclared allergen, milk, that is not declared on the label," according to a press release from the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service.
The following products are subject to recall:
- 10-lb. packages of “Real Sausage Co. COOKED WHITE BRATWURST 4-1”
- 10-lb. packages of “Real Sausage Co. COOKED WHITE BRATWURST 3-1”
The products also bear the establishment number “EST. 6844” inside the USDA mark of inspection and the Julian dates of: 17812, 18812, 25112, 25712 or 26512, the release said. The products were produced June 25, July 5, Sept. 6, Sept. 12, and Sept. 20, 2012 and were shipped to foodservice distributors for hotel, restaurant and other institutional use throughout Illinois, according to the release.
FSIS discovered the problem during a routine label review and may have occurred due to a misprinting of the product’s label.
Both FSIS and Makowski's have not received any reports of adverse reactions from people who consumed the brats. But ask anyone with concerns about a reaction to contact their healthcare provider.
Consumers and media with questions about the recall should contact the company’s president, Nicole Makowski, at (312) 842-5330.
Check out the USDA FSIS website for more information on the recall.