The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced on Dec. 4 that almost 2 million pounds of ready-to-eat chicken are subject to a new recall due to their potential of being undercooked. The recall affects products sold by the Oklahoma-based National Steak and Poultry business, which are often sent nationwide to restaurants and various food service locations.
The recall includes ready-to-eat chicken products that were produced between Aug. 20 through Nov. 30, 2016, and that were shipped across the country to food service locations, or else sold directly to consumers like you and me at National Steak and Poultry's annual dock sale.
As it happens, the first recall was actually issued on Nov. 23, for an already staggering 17,439 pounds of product. But when a food service customer complained to the establishment that product appeared to be undercooked on Nov. 28, the recall grew to include a whopping 1,993,528 pounds.
Here are the details of the recalled products, courtesy of the USDA.
- On Nov. 23, 2016 -- National Steak and Poultry recalled approximately 17,439 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken products produced Oct. 4, 2016. The products were packaged on Oct. 4 and Oct. 5, 2016. The following products are subject to recall:
- 5 lb. bags packed 2 bags per case; product labeled “Distributed by National Steak and Poultry, Owasso, OK Fully Cooked, Diced, Grilled Boneless Chicken Breast Meat with Rib Meat” with Lot code 100416, and Case Code: 70020.
- 5 lb. bags packed 2 bags per case; product labeled “Hormel Natural Choice 100% Natural No Preservatives Fully Cooked Roasted Chicken Breast Strips with Rib Meat Natural Smoke Flavor Added” with Lot code 100416, and Case code 702113.
- The cases containing the products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-6010T” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to food service locations nationwide and should not be in consumers’ possession. No other Hormel product is impacted. The original problem was discovered on Nov. 14, 2016, when a food service customer complained to the establishment that product appeared to be undercooked.
As of now, no confirmed reports of illnesses or adverse health effects have been reported due to consumption of any recalled products, but consumers who have purchased these items should nevertheless not consume them; they should throw out the products or return them for a full refund at the site of purchase.