More than two million pounds of chicken recalled in 8 states over fears of metal contamination
- Simmons Prepared Foods, Inc is recalling 2,071,397 pounds of ready-to-cook chicken products such as wings, breast meat and tenderloins
- Metal pieces were found in the products but it’s unclear when this occurred or what kind of metal
- The products were shipped to Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania
- As of Wednesday, no one has reported falling ill from consuming the products
More than two million pounds of chicken have been recalled in eight states due to a possible metal contamination.
Simmons Prepared Foods, Inc, based in Arkansas, is recalling 2,071,397 pounds of products such as ready-to-cook chicken wings, chicken breast meat, halal chicken leg quarters and chicken tenderloins.
No one has reported any ‘adverse reactions’ yet from consuming the poultry products, according to a press release from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Wednesday.
The products shipped to stores, schools and restaurants in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania.
Simmons Prepared Foods, Inc is recalling 2,071,397 pounds of ready to cook chicken products in eight states over fears they may be contaminated with metal (file image)
The products were produced between October 21, 2019 and November 4, 2019, according to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
They have one of three establishment numbers – ‘P-1949,’ ‘P- 486’ or ‘P-5837’ – inside the USDA mark of inspection.
The release states that employees at Simmons discovered the problem during further processing.
However, it remains unclear how the metal got into the poultry products, the type of metal that was found by officials and when it was discovered.
FSIS designated the recall as Class I, meaning ‘a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death’.
Customers are urged not to consume the products and either throw them out or return them to the store where they were purchased for a refund.
FSIS says anyone with questions about the recall can call Donald Miller, senior vice president of sales at Simmons Prepared Foods, Inc, at (888) 831-7007.
This is the latest in a series of recalls of food products due to metal contamination.
Last week, OSI Industries, LLC, recalled more than 4,200 pounds of ready-to-eat beef patties over metal contamination fears.
In September, Kenosha Beef International, which sells seasoned beef to Taco Bell, recalled an unspecified amount after metal shavings were found in the meat.
And in July, Michigan-based Ada Valley Gourmet Foods, Inc recalled nearly 3,500 pounds of raw ground beef meatloaf products over a contamination of broken metal bits.