Spam and Hormel luncheon meat recalled due to metal objects found


Guam – If you have any SPAM in your pantry it’s best to check for their expiration date… The USDA is recalling SPAM products because metal fragments were found inside them.

The USDA warns that canned SPAM and Hormel Black label Luncheon Loaf are subject to recall after four consumer reports of injuries from metal objects being found inside the products. The products were produced between February 8 to the 10 th of this year.

For SPAM products, look for a best by date of February 2021 and production codes F020881 through 889. For Hormel Foods Black Label Luncheon Loaf, look for best by dates of February 2021 with production codes FO2098 and F02108. Both brands will also have and establishment code of EST 199N at the bottom of the can.

Since announcing the recall over the weekend, some store shelves continue to display the products but they are not part of the recall. But just to be sure, consumers and patrons are advised to read the cans to see if the products are part of the recall.

The USDA is cautioning customers not to consume the products if they are part of the recall.

For the full list of products subject to recall, read below:

WASHINGTON, May 26, 2018 – Hormel Food Corp., a Fremont, NE establishment, is recalling approximately 228,614 pounds of canned pork and chicken products that may be contaminated with foreign matter, specifically pieces of metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The canned pork and chicken products were produced on February 8 through February 10, 2018. The following products are subject to recall:


  • 12-oz. metal cans containing “SPAM Classic” with a “Best By” February 2021 date and production codes: F020881, F020882, F020883, F020884, F020885, F020886, F020887, F020888 and F020889. These products were shipped throughout the United States.


  • 12-oz. metal cans containing “Hormel Foods Black-Label Luncheon Loaf” with a “Best By” February 2021 date and production codes F02098 and F02108. These products were shipped to Guam only.


The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 199N” on the bottom of the can. These items were shipped throughout the United States and to Guam.


The problem was discovered after the firm received four consumer complaints stating that metal objects were found in the canned products. FSIS was notified on May 24, 2018.  


There have been reports of minor oral injuries associated with consumption of the products. FSIS has received no additional reports of injury or illness from consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.  


FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ food pantries. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.


 FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Consumer Response, Hormel Foods, at (800) 523-4635. Members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Hormel Foods Media Relations, at (507) 437-5345.


Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at or via smartphone at The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: