Hormel: No contaminants in canned products in Micronesia


Hormel Foods Corp. clarified Monday that all of their canned meat products that were shipped to Micronesia are not included in the recall that was done in the U.S. mainland.

More than 220,000 lbs of its 12-oz Spam Classic and Black Label Luncheon Loaf were included in the recall.

HFC quality management vice president Richard A. Carlson issued the statement from Hormel’s head office in Austin, Minnesota, after the company recalled more than 220,000 lbs of Spam Classic and Black Label Luncheon Loaf in the entire U.S.

He said the letter was just an assurance that Micronesia was not part of the recall. “You may have seen a recent recall announcement concerning a limited amount of 340g (12oz) Spam Classic ad 12oz Black Label Luncheon Loaf.”

“This letter is being provided to verify that we did not ship any of the affected product to Saipan, Palau, and [the rest of] Micronesia,” Carlson said.

He added that they would continue to strive to make sure they would come up with the best products to satisfy their customers.

“At [HFC], we continuously strive to produce products that are high quality, food safe, and meet or exceed the expectations of our customers and consumers,” said Carlson.

Further questions should be directed to Dickerson & Quinn resident manager Max Kretzers.

D&Q is a sister company of Saipan Tribune and one of TanHoldings’ several business units in the CNMI. They are the official distributor of HFC products, including Spam and Black Label, in the CNMI and Micronesia.

Separately, Kretzers said last Sunday that they immediately checked the batch of the popular brand in D&Q’s warehouse in Lower Base and in stores that sell the product. They found out that the products are safe to eat.

HFC recalled thousands of cans of Spam and Black Label after the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service received complaints that metal shavings were found in some of their products.

Cans of Spam that should not be eaten have the EST 199N designation due to the risk of oral injuries. The cans have February 2021 as its “Best By” date and have the production codes of F020881 to F020889.

Jon Perez | Reporter
Jon Perez began his writing career as a sports reporter in the Philippines where he has covered local and international events. He became a news writer when he joined media network ABS-CBN. He joined the weekly DAWN, University of the East’s student newspaper, while in college.

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