The U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a recall for nearly 7,200 pounds of sausage made by Camarillo company Youbite in the last year that were missing an ingredient on their labels.
Some of Youbite’s sausages contained either natural sheep or natural pork casings that were not declared on their label and could, in rare cases, trigger an allergy for people with protein sensitivities.
Fortunately, no incidents have been reported, said Youbite Plant Manager Carina Mohr, and the company will not have to change its recipes, only its labels.
Youbite manufactures its sausages in a kitchen of around 1,000-square-feet in Camarillo, Mohr said.
The problem was discovered during a routine inspection by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, and is considered a Class II health hazard situation, where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences for consumers of the products.
The recall includes eight raw and cooked turkey and bratwurst products made between Oct. 9, 2018 and Oct. 9, 2019. The USDA inspection service said it was concerned some customers may still have the mislabeled products in their freezers. Any customers who have questions or concerns can come into the store and return the products for a refund or exchange, Mohr said.
Mohr moved to Camarillo to start the business with her husband David and parents Heinz and Carmen Hanssen.
“They’ve been making sausages for some time,” she said. “They’re the owners and investors behind the businesses.”
The company sells its products largely at farmers markets. Its products include old German recipes and new ones added since “people like it a lot spicier than we do back in Germany.”