Sanderson Farms has issued a voluntary recall for 554,090 pounds of poultry products, due to metal shards present in the meat.
The chicken company, based in Hazlehurst, Mississippi, is the third largest poultry producer in the United States. Executives took the decision to retrieve part of its goods following a complaint received from a quality control team.
Foreign matter contamination was reported in the ice used for refrigerating chicken products, from one of the company’s processing plants. More precisely, metal shavings had been discovered, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
Following an inspection conducted at the establishment, it was determined that the contamination with metal occurred when an ice-making machine used in the production process malfunctioned.
The recalled items were produced on September 17-18, and were packed in 70-lb cases of young chicken parts, including jumbo boneless skinless breast fillets with rib meat, jumbo clipped tenderloins, breast frames and jumbo boneless skinless breast butterflies with rib meat.
The items containing “extraneous metal materials” have the establishment number “EST P-247” inside the USDA mark of inspection, and had reached processing plants in Georgia and Louisiana.
The ice-packed chicken products included in this recall haven’t been distributed to grocery or packed directly for consume use. Instead, they were sold to three corporate customers that process these foods into further chicken products. The business partners have been informed about the recall, and have stopped including the dangerous poultry meat in their operations.
“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”, declared a Sanderson Farms representative.
The metal contamination was detected in its early stages, and it is believed that none of the products entered the market. Currently, there are no confirmed reports of such tainted items being consumed by customers, according to the FSIS.
However, the recall has been classified by the USDA as a class A hazard, given the fact that there is a high probability that using the products would result in serious consequences and even death. As a result, health officials warn customers that in case they ever encounter one of the recalled products they should return them back to the shop or throw them away immediately.
Ingesting such contaminated items poses a heightened health risk, and those who suspect illness or injury associated with the products should immediately inform a healthcare provider. Those who seek further information regarding the recall can contact Sanderson Farms at 1-800-844-4030.
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