Ashley Hunter, ECB Publishing, Inc.
On Wednesday, Sept. 5, the United States Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that Wayne Farms, LLC, an establishment headquartered in Oakwood, GA, was recalled over 400,000 pounds of frozen, fully cooked chicken products due to the possibility of the thousands of pounds of chicken being contaminated with foreign materials – such as metal pieces.
The problem was discovered after a customer complaint was received in July and an investigation was held to determine the nature of the foreign material.
FSIS was alerted to the findings on Sept. 4.
The fully-cooked chicken pieces were produced between the dates of July 4 and July 17, and included a variety of chicken products, such as diced, grilled and strips.
The products that are subject to recall display the establishment number “P-20214” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
These items were shipped to distributors, restaurants and processing locations around the United States.
As of Sept. 5, there were no confirmed reports of injuries due to the consumption of the contaminated products, but anyone who may have possibly sustained an injury or illnesses due to the contaminated chicken products from Wayne Farms should contact their healthcare provider.
FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ refrigerators or freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them.
These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
Consumers and members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Alan Sterling, Wayne Farms LLC, at (678) 450-3092.
FSIS has assigned this as a high health risk, with a Class I rating, which is given to a recall that poses a reasonable probability that the use of the product could result in serious health consequences or death to consumers.