Since its introduction on July 5, 1937, it's been one of the most utilized and joked about food products ever. SPAM a portmanteau for the words 'spiced ham' first came into everyday usage in the 1950s after going to war with US Troops in WWII.

Nikita Kruschev once credited the tin cans of pork shoulder meat with helping the Russians in the war against Hitler's Germany as it gave the soldiers something cheap and easy to eat in the field. "Without SPAM, we wouldn't have been able to feed our army." Incredibly, the Russian soldiers even made up some of the first SPAM jokes about the product, but they readily admitted it tasted good.

By 1959 Hormel had produced its billionth can with no interruption from its two plants in the United States, until Saturday, May 26, 2018.

SPAM Recall Facts and What to Look For

Hormel is recalling some 228,614 pounds of canned pork and chicken products that may be contaminated with foreign matter - specifically pieces of metal. The company made the announcement through the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service website with a 'high health risk'.

The recall affects two labeled products, each is 12 oz cans of SPAM Classic, with a best by date of February 2021, and 12 oz cans of Hormel Foods Black-Label Luncheon Loaf with a best by date of February 2021.

The cans were shipped throughout the United States and Guam and have an establishment number on the bottom of "EST. 199N" on them.

Four customer complaints were received of minor oral injuries during consumption of the products, if you bite into the metalized product you're advised to seek medical attention.

See the labels here and check your can.

For more information contact Consumer Response, Hormel Foods at 800-523-4635.