Popular grocery chain Wegmans Food Markets discovered more than 1,000 pounds of its poultry have not been properly inspected by federal officials prior to going on sale. As a result, four types of Wegmans packaged chicken products are now under recall.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the following Wegmans vacuum-sealed chicken products are affected by this recall:
- Wegmans Italian Flavored Chicken Breast Cutlet with a use-by date of Jan. 24, in approximately one-pound packages
- Wegmans Brown Sugar Barbecue Seasoned Chicken Breast Cutlet with a use-by date of Jan. 15, in approximately one-pound packages
- Wegmans Garlic & Fennel Whole Chicken Roaster with a use-by date of Jan. 13, in three-pound packages
- Wokery Sherry Chicken 27482 with a use-by date of Jan. 13, in one-pound packages
The recalled chicken was sold with the USDA Mark of Inspection establishment number of “P-7567,” which can be found on the chicken’s packaging. The USDA also classified the Wegmans chicken recall as a high health risk, thus having “a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”
Before the chicken recall was announced, the uninspected poultry was on sale at Wegmans locations throughout Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
Consumers that have identified one or more of the recalled chicken products in their household should return it to the Wegmans store of purchase to receive a full refund of their purchase price.
For more information on the Wegmans chicken recall, contact Wegmans Consumer Affairs Department at 800-934-6267, ext. 4760.
For more information on food safety and how to best protect your family from foodborne illness, visit the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) website at www.fsis.usda.gov.