When I was 10 years-old my mom went into the hospital for a few days to have ear surgery. She left us in the not-so-capable care of my dad who was culinary challenged, to put it nicely.

One night my dad served up some sort of brownish colored mystery meat. When my sister and I protested, he tried to sell it as delicacy only brought out on special occasions. It was called Spam. It was so special that it came in a locked can that required a special key used to open it. What other food did we know of that came locked up? Well my sister and I weren't in the mood to celebrate. Especially after seeing it in that tin can vat of jello fat. I was convinced Spam was most likely locked up to keep people OUT.

I haven't thought of that day in four decades until this morning. According to CNN, Hormel has recalled almost 230,000 pounds of Spam because they might contain shards of metal.

CNN says you should be on the lookout for 12-ounce metal cans labeled SPAM Classic with the designation "EST. 199N."  They report the cans have a "Best By" date of February 2021 and carry the following production codes: F020881, F020882, F020883, F020884, F020885, F020886, F020887, F020888 and F020889.

If you find cans with these numbers in your pantry you should throw them in the trash or return them to where you bought them.


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