More than 500,000 pounds of raw poultry products are now under recall by Sanderson Farms after the company learned the products could contain metal shavings.
The metal fragments were discovered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), prompting Sanderson Farms to initiate the poultry recall upon linking the metal shavings to a failing ice machine used during processing.
In an effort to help protect lives put at risk by the poultry recall, the USDA opted to classify the risk as “Class 1,” indicating that “this is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”
According to the poultry recall notice, the “young chicken parts” were processed and packaged from September 17 until September 19, then delivered to facilities in Georgia and Louisiana. The boxes weighed about 70 lbs. and were stamped with “EST. P-247.” The chicken parts are reportedly made up of jumbo boneless skinless breast fillets with rib meat, boneless breast butterflies with rib meat, jump clipped tenderloins, as well as breast frames.
While the poultry was not directly distributed to consumers, the Consumerist reports that “the product included ice packed chicken products sold to three customers who use the products for additional processing…” The aforementioned customers have now been warned about the chicken and have since halted processing.
If you have identified the recalled poultry products in your home, USDA and Sanderson Farms ask that you not eat the chicken and return any unused portion to the distributor to receive a full refund. If a consumer has already eaten the recalled chicken and is experiencing harmful side effects, please seek medical treatment immediately.
For more information on the poultry recall, contact the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (674-6854), available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST.