Sanderson Farms Recall: Chicken Tainted With Metal Shavings

Sanderson Farms recalled more than 500,000 pounds chicken and poultry products. The chicken may have been contaminated with metal shavings. No reports of injured consumers have been reported.

The Sanderson Farms chicken recall was enacted as a precaution, NewsMax reports. The United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service announced that the metal shavings were found in poultry products at a processing plant run by Sanderson Farms.

An ice machine used in the processing of the Sanderson Farms chicken reportedly malfunctioned during production. The USDA report pertaining to the chicken recall deemed the metal shavings incident as a problem that created a high health risk worthy of a Class I Recall, the Spreaddit reports.

USDA Class I Recalls are ordered if the situation is classified as a “health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”

The following is an excerpt from a Sanderson Farms chicken recall statement.

“The product included ice packed chicken products sold to three customers who use the products for additional processing into further processed chicken products,” Sanderson Farms said in a statement. The Company has identified all of the products and notified its customers to place the products on hold, return them to the Company and further execute the recall of these products.”

It is not yet known how many Sanderson Farm poultry product packages were contaminated by the metal shavings. The chicken recall products include “young chicken parts” processed between September 17 and September 19. The poultry was delivered to Sanderson Farms facilities in Louisiana and Georgia in 70-pound boxes stamped “EST. P-247.”

Jumbo boneless skinless breast fillets, jumbo clipped tenderloins, rib meat, breast frames, and boneless skinless breast butterflies were all Sanderson Farms chicken products included in the recall.

The chicken products were not reportedly ever placed directly on store shelves. However, “the product included ice packed chicken products sold to three customers who use the products for additional processing.”

Even though the customers who received the chicken products were notified, the USDA still ordered the recall and issued a warning to customers. Those who may have the chicken products possibly tainted with metal shavings are encouraged not to eat the poultry and return the unused portion of the food to Sanderson Farms for a refund, or to throw the item away.

Anyone who has already eaten the poultry is also urged to seek immediate medical attention. Those with concerns or questions about the chicken recall are directed to call the “the FSIS virtual representative” at

Here are details about the Sanderson Farms Chicken recall.

“70-lb. cases containing ‘young chicken parts jumbo boneless skinless breast fillets with rib meat’ with case code 45017.

70-lb. cases containing “young chicken parts jumbo clipped tenderloins” with case code 45092.
70-lb. cases containing “young chicken parts jumbo boneless skinless breast butterflies with rib meat” with case code 45015.

70-lb. cases and 1800-lb. combos containing “fresh young chicken parts breast frames” with case code 45969.”

The USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline can also offer additional information about the recall and can be contacted at 1-888-MPHotline. Hotline representatives are available weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time. Recorded information is offered at all times.

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