Almost 1,976,089 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken products have been recalled because they could possibly be under-cooked.
According to the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety & Inspecting Service, these products from National Steak and Poultry, located in Oklahoma, could contain bacterial pathogens.
FSIS classified the recall as Class 1, meaning: “this is one major public health issue where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”
The chicken was shipped to food processing and shopping locations all across the country, but should not be in consumer hands as yet.
FSIS’s announcement on Monday is a follow-up to the approximately 17,439 pounds packaged on Oct. 4th and 5th, that was recalled on November 23.
The products includs: · 5 pound bags packed 2 bags per case; product labeled “Distributed by National Steak and Poultry, Owasso, OK Fully prepared Breasts with LOT id 187532, container code: 80020.
· 5 pound bags packed 2 bags per case; product labeled “Hormel Natural Choice fully Natural Zero Preservatives Fully Roasted and cooked Chicken Breast Strips with grilled rib flavor added with LOT id 106516, and container code 70273.
· The cases containing the items that were called-back have the shipment code “L-9815T” inside the FDA seal of inspection. No other chicken product was impacted.
The original problem was discovered when a food service employee complained to the establishment that the product appeared to be undercooked.
With this early recall, stores and consumers should be on the lookout for these products. Additionally, the recalled ready to eat chicken meats have not made it onto store shelves as yet, so there should be no, or minimal reports of illnesses or adverse health effects.