Sanderson Farms has recalled more than 500,000 pounds of poultry products that may be contaminated with metal shavings. Although the company has not received any reports of injury, the recall was issued as a precaution.
As reported by the United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service, metal shavings were found in chicken products — which were processed at a Sanderson Farms facility.
Company officials later determined an ice machine, which was used during processing, malfunctioned during production.
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The USDA has classified the health risk as high, with a Class I Recall level. As explained by the USDA, recalls are labeled Class I if “this is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”
It is unclear how many packages of meat were contaminated with the shavings. However, Sanderson Farms agreed to recall “approximately 554,090 pounds of poultry products.”
The recalled products include “young chicken parts” processed between September 17 and 19. The meat was delivered to facilities in Louisiana and Georgia in 70-pound boxes stamped “EST. P-247.”
The poultry recall includes jumbo boneless skinless breast fillets with rib meat, jumbo clipped tenderloins, boneless skinless breast butterflies with rib meat, and breast frames.
As reported by Consumerist, the cases of meat were not distributed directly to consumers. However, “the product included ice packed chicken products sold to three customers who use the products for additional processing… “
Although the customers were notified, and processing was placed on hold, the USDA issued a warning to consumers.
Anyone who has possession of the recalled poultry is urged to refrain from eating it. Any unused portion can be returned to the distributor for a full refund. Otherwise, it should be thrown away.
Consumers who may have eaten the product and experienced medical issues are urged to seek medical attention.
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Anyone with questions about the Sanderson Farms recall or general food safety is urged contact “the FSIS virtual representative” at AskKaren.gov.
Consumers can also call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline. Although representatives are only available Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time, recorded information is available 24/7.
Complaints about Sanderson Farms products should be directed to the Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.
Although the USDA has not received any reports of injury or illness related to the poultry products, the Sanderson Farms recall was issued to prevent the possibility.
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