The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a public health alert for some Spam cans shipped to Texas due to “under-processing.”
Watch out for: The alert issued on Sept. 16 warns against the consumption of any 12-ounce Spam Classic with a “Best by Aug 2026” date and lot code A08173 printed on the bottom of the metal can. The product bears establishment number “EST. 199” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
Where they are: The cans, which were produced on Aug. 17, were shipped to H.E.B. retail locations in Texas. According to the alert, the problem was discovered after Hormel Foods, Spam’s maker, “reported that they inadvertently shipped product that may not have been adequately processed to reach commercial sterility.”
What to do with one: The FSIS warns that some of the products have already made their way into consumers’ pantries and fridges. Anyone who has them should throw them away or return them to their place of purchase.