The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert because a consumer has reported foreign material in a raw pork chorizo product.

The FSIS is issuing the public health alert to ensure that consumers are aware that this product should not be consumed. A recall was not requested because the product is no longer available for purchase.

The FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ refrigerators or freezers. 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.

The raw pork chorizo items were produced on Feb. 12, but have a best-by date of May 12. The following product is subject to the public health alert:

  • 12- ounce vacuum-sealed packages containing “LEAN apco BRAND MEATS ALL NATURAL PREMIUM CHORIZO” with the best-by date of 5/12/24.

The product bears the establishment number “EST. 602” printed inside the USDA mark of inspection on the label. The product was distributed to H-E-B grocery stores in Texas.

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.

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.

Consumers with questions about the public health alert can contact David Roe, operations manager, San Antonio Packing Company at 210-224-5441 or

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