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It must be the day for news about potentially harmful things one can put in one’s mouth. First, it was teething products, now it’s smokeless tobacco. A voluntary recall hit the news regarding metal objects, some of them sharp, found in cans and pouches of dip. U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company (USSTC) issued the recall yesterday, based on eight customer complaints of metal contaminated chew. Fortunately, none of the customers were injured. Apparently, the pieces reported thus far were visible to customers.

The complaints of contaminated smokeless tobacco came from Ohio, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Tennessee, Indiana and Texas. The products being recalled came from USSTC’s plant in Franklin Park, Illinois. The products were nationally distributed.

USSTC is asking customers who have smokeless tobacco products on the following list to avoid using or even opening the product. Rather, USSTC would like customers to call them at 1-866-201-9136 to arrange for a return and full refund.

Image courtesy of www.detroit.cbslocal.com/istock.
Image courtesy of www.detroit.cbslocal.com/istock.

The very long list of recalled products follows:

“Skoal Brand Products
This recall applies to lots with no printed code on the bottom of the can, or with codes that begin with the letters “F”, “R”, “K”, or “P”.
• Bandit Mint
• Bandit Wintergreen
• Long Cut Apple Tobacco Blend
• Long Cut Berry Tobacco Blend
• Long Cut Cherry
• Long Cut Citrus Tobacco Blend
• Long Cut Classic
• Long Cut Peach Tobacco Blend
• Long Cut Spearmint
• Pouch Apple Tobacco Blend
• Pouch Berry Tobacco Blend
• Pouch Citrus Tobacco Blend
• Snus Mint
• Snus Smooth Mint
• Xtra Long Cut Mint
• Xtra Long Cut Rich Tobacco Blend
• Xtra Long Cut Wintergreen
• Xtra Pouch Crisp Tobacco Blend
• Xtra Pouch Mint Blend
• Xtra Pouch Rich Tobacco Blend
• Fine Cut Wintergreen (overseas military only)
• Long Cut Mint (overseas military only)
• Long Cut Straight (overseas military only)
• Long Cut Wintergreen (overseas military only)
• Pouch Mint (overseas military only)
• Pouches Wintergreen (overseas military only)

Copenhagen Brand Products
This recall applies to lots with no printed code on the bottom of the can, or with codes that begin with the letters “F”, “R”, “K”, or “P”.
• Extra Long Cut Natural
• Long Cut Mint
• Long Cut Southern Blend
• Pouch Mint
• Pouch Wintergreen
• Long Cut (overseas military only)
• Fine Cut (overseas military only)
• Long Cut Straight (overseas military only)
• Long Cut Wintergreen (overseas military only)
• Pouch (overseas military only)
• Fine Cut Plastic Can (only available in Alaska and Hawaii)
• Long Cut Plastic Can (only available in Alaska and Hawaii)
• Pouch Plastic Can (only available in Alaska and Hawaii)

Cope Brand Products
This recall applies to lots with no printed code on the bottom of the can, or with codes that begin with the letters “F”, “R”, “K”, or “P”.
• Long Cut Straight

Husky Brand Products
This recall applies to lots with no printed code on the bottom of the can, or with codes that begin with the letters “F”, “R”, “K”, or “P”.
• Fine Cut Natural
• Long Cut Straight
• Long Cut Wintergreen”

So, my dipping friends check your cans and pouches! You could end up with a nasty surprise rather than a relaxing chew. Better safe than sorry!

Sources:

Skoal, Copenhagen Smokeless Tobacco Recalled: Cans Might Contain Foreign Metal Objects
DIP RECALL: Possible metal in certain cans of Skoal, Copenhagen, other smokeless tobacco

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