A new recall of chicken products has been issued as almost 2 million pounds of ready-to-eat such goods are suspected of potential undercooking.
The products targeted by the current chicken recall are produced by the Oklahoma-based National Steak and Poultry company.
This Sunday, the company announced that it will be calling back an approximate number of more than 1.9 million pounds of its chicken ready-to-eat goods.
Potential undercooking has been cited as the cause of the recall as the company fears that the product may still potentially contain bacteria.
The United States Department of Agriculture or the USDA issued a statement in which it offers certain details.
According to said statement, the recalled goods were produced in between August 20, 2016, and November 30, 2016.
The said ready-to-eat products were delivered to quite a wide variety of public as they were shipped to fast-food chains and restaurants all over the country.
Such products may have also been sold directly to customers. The company held a monthly public sale which allowed interested customers to buy directly from them.
No disease or health issues have been linked to the potential undercooking of the ready-to-eat chicken goods, according to the USDA.
The recall was determined by the potential survival of dangerous bacteria. The potential undercooking issue was detected on November 28.
On the respective date, a customer approached the establishment and pointed out the undercooked aspect of the theoretically ready-to-eat good.
The USDA’s FSIS or Food Safety and Inspection Service drew attention to the potential bacteria which may be contained in such a product.
Amongst the best known such bacteria, one can include the Salmonella and Listeria, with another similar bacteria being the Campylobacter.
The first and last are quite common causes of food disease that may nonetheless lead to more serious consequences.
According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statement, such bacteria most commonly lead to nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
However, in rare cases, they may lead to more serious health issues such as arthritis. Listeria is another health threat as is can grow at lower temperatures.
Ready-to-eat products pose a higher health risk in such cases. Besides being stored in lower temperature sectors, customers are also less careful with them.
As they should come readily cooked and be easy to eat, most customers do no handle them as they would similar raw products.
Although no illness cases have been tied to the current food recall, customers have been warned against eating such products.
Amongst the ready-to-eat National Steak and Poultry chicken products one can include the following. The NSP Fully Cooked Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Strips with Rib Meat, the NSP Fully Cooked Seasoned Chicken Breast Cubes with Rib Meat, or the NSP Fully Cooked Breast Cubes with Rib Meat.
The full list of the recalled National Steak and Poultry chicken products can be found on the FSIS US Department of Agriculture website.
As customers are once again urged not to consume such a product, they are also advised to check their goods and compare them to the list.
Customers in possession of such potential undercooking affected products can return them to their purchase place and receive a refund of the respective goods.
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