The Real Score: Is it safe to consume SPAM products sold in the Philippines?

If you love eating SPAM products, the news that broke out recently about the food recall of the brand in the U.S. may have worried you.

On May 28, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recalled over 228,000 pounds (about 103,420 kilos) of SPAM following reports that at least four American consumers had minor oral injuries due to metal objects in their luncheon meat.

The product recall covered canned chicken and pork products under the SPAM name that were produced in February at the Nebraska facility of Hormel, the company that owns the brand. Affected products include SPAM Classic that had the Best By February 2021 date and the Hormel Foods Black-Label Luncheon Loaf with the Best By February 2021 date.

Logically, Philippine-based SPAM consumers are asking if it is still safe to buy and eat SPAM sold locally? Hormel Foods Corporation Philippines has finally released its official statement in line with this issue.

In its statement posted on the afternoon of May 29, the company assured that SPAM products and Hormel Blue Label Luncheon Meat sold across the country are not in any way affected by the product recall.

Although the company issued this assurance, consumers should still beware especially when consuming SPAM products that were bought and directly shipped (through balikbayan or pasalubong boxes) from the U.S. To be safe, take note of the production codes of recalled SPAM Classic 12-ounce metal cans (found on the bottom side of each can)—F020881, F020882, F020883, F020884, F020885, F020886, F020887, F020888, and F020889 all with the February 2021 Best By date.

This recall is classified as Class I, which is identified by the USDA as a possible cause of serious and adverse health problems or even death.

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