Zeigler recalls tons of sausage products that may contain metal bits

Some 5.8 tons of R.L. Zeigler Co. chicken and pork sausage labeled as "red hots" or "extra hot" are recalled because they may be contaminated with bits of metal. (Photo: USDA)

SELMA, Ala. - The R.L. Zeigler Co. is recalling tons of chicken and pork sausage products because they may contain pieces of metal.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's recall notice says it has not had any reports of injury from the R.L. Zeigler Co. sausages, which were shipped nationwide from Selma, Alabama.

The notice says the recall affects nearly 12,000 pounds of chicken and pork sausage labeled as "red hots" -- some of them also labeled "extra hot."

They all are 24-ounce packages holding about nine links of sausage with a use-by date of Jan. 24.

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service says Zeigler received complaints on Dec. 13 and 27, investigated them, and notified the agency over the weekend.

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