More than 2 million pounds of chicken recalled due to possible metal contamination
The USDA says a manufacturer is recalling more than 2 million pounds of chicken due to serious concerns over possible metal contamination. The products were shipped to institutions in eight states, including Georgia and Alabama.
Officials said in a statement Wednesday that the chicken, produced by Simmons Prepared Foods, Inc., may be contaminated by extraneous materials including metal.
The USDA lists the health risk as high in this incident, classifying it as a Class 1 Recall. That means 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.
The voluntary recall affects chicken shipped to restaurants, hospitals and schools in Alabama, Georgia, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania.
Officials say the recall involves whole chickens, breasts, wings, legs, quarters, and tenderloins. You can see the list of the product labels involved in our gallery above.
The dates on the packages are between October 21st and November 4th, and have establishment numbers “P-1949,” “P- 486” or “P-5837” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
The USDA says Simmons, which is based in Gentry, Arkansas, discovered the problem during further processing.
The USDA is concerned that some product may be frozen and in institutional freezers. Institutions that have purchased these products are urged not to serve them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
If you have food safety questions, you can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854).