The Maker of Skoal and Copenhagen Is Recalling Smokeless Tobacco Over Sharp Metal Objects

Altria's Profit Advances, Helped by UST Acquisition
Cans of Skoal and Copenhagen brand smokeless tobacco sit on display in front of Marlboro and Parliament brand cigarettes in a deli in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010. Altria Group Inc., the largest U.S. tobacco company, said fourth-quarter profit rose 6.8 percent, bolstered by the acquisition of snuff maker UST Inc. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co, a unit of Altria Group, said on Tuesday it recalled some of its smokeless tobacco products after consumers found metal objects in some cans.

The company got complaints from eight consumers in Indiana, Texas, North Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Ohio, who found some sharp metal objects in certain cans.

The objects were visible to them. No injuries were reported.

The recall involved certain products under brands Cope, Copenhagen, Husky Brands and Skoal, which were made in the company’s Franklin Park, Illinois, facility.

Copenhagen Fine Cut in a fiberboard can, Copenhagen Long Cut in a fiberboard can and Copenhagen Long Cut Wintergreen in a plastic can were not affected, the company said.

“We appreciate our consumers’ patience and loyalty while we work through this matter,” Altria (MO) spokesman Steve Callahan said in an email to Reuters.

The company said it notified the U.S. Food and Drug Administration of the recall and was working with federal authorities on the issue.

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