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News Release


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, January 11, 2017

MDA issues consumer advisory for Nick’s Meats Pepper Beef Jerky

Lead shot found in product

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is alerting consumers to avoid consuming Nick’s Pepper Beef Jerky produced by Nick’s Meats and Grocery, Hayward, MN, after a consumer found lead shot in the jerky.

There are no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of the product. After receiving a complaint from a consumer, the company contacted stores that carry the pepper beef jerky and all the product has been removed from store shelves.

The pepper beef jerky in question is stamped with the lot number 134416 located on the front of the package in the ingredient statement. The label includes a Minnesota mark of inspection with establishment number 921 in the lower left corner. There is also a sell-by date of 02/22/17 on the front of the package.

Nick’s Meat and Grocery produced approximately 50 pounds of the pepper beef jerky at the store in Hayward. This product was sold from the Hayward store and at these five locations around the area:

  • Trails Travel Center, 2700 E. Main Street, Albert Lea
  • Hy-Vee, 2708 Bridge Avenue, Albert Lea
  • Hy-Vee Gas, Albert Lea
  • Jim’s Superfresh, 2101 4th Street NW, Austin
  • Ankeny’s, 1400 14th Street NW, Austin

The company notified the MDA of the complaint and is cooperating in the investigation. Consumers are asked to return packages to the store in Hayward. For more details about the product, call Nick’s Meats and Grocery at (507) 373-8966.

 Nick's Country Store Pepper Beef Jerky package

CONTACT: Margaret Hart, MDA Communications
651-201-6231, Margaret.hart@state.mn.us

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