An Olympia, Washington-based food production operation is recalling nearly 320,000 pounds of frozen meat and poultry products because they were made with contaminated water. The operation, Correctional Industries, supplies the Washington state Department of Corrections and various senior citizen nutritional programs.
Groundwater testing at nearby Fairchild Air Force Base indicated Perfluorooctanesulfonic (PFOS) and Perfluorooctanoic acids (PFOA) concentrations above Environmental Protection Agency lifetime Health Advisory (HA) levels, a press release issued by the Air Force base explained. The base tested samples from two wells that supply water to Airway Heights, which was the water supply used by Correctional Industries to make the recalled products.
The Spokesman-Review has reported that the contamination likely originated from fire extinguishing foam used by the Air Force base for 46 years and the hazardous chemicals seeped into the groundwater. The chemicals, PFOS and PFOA, are widely distributed in the environment, according to the National Toxicology Program. It explains that they have been used extensively for the last five decades in a number of industries, including use in fire-fighting foams. Scientists believe the chemicals alter human immune functions.
Although there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consuming the meat and poultry products, Correctional Industries is taking extreme caution to protect its customers and individuals who may come in contact with the products.
Food Safety News reports that the products subject to the recall “bear establishment number ‘EST. 40238’ or ‘EST. P-40238’ inside the USDA mark of inspection.” More information about the products’ specific label information can be viewed on the Food News Safety website.
Contact Michael Cline, Correctional Industries manager, at 509-244-4232 for questions about the recall.