You might want to check that chicken in your freezer. Right now.
After five consumers complained about finding “metal objects” in their chicken, nearly a million pounds of breaded chicken products produced by OK Food Inc. of Oklahoma City have been recalled, according to Fox News.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported that the recalled items, which included chicken nuggets, tenders and patties, were produced between Dec. 19, 2016, and March 7, 2017.
Although the brand names varied, every suspect product bears the establishment number “P-7092” inside the USDA inspection stamp.
The recall has the most serious rating of “Class I,” which notes “a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”
After an internal investigation, OK Food determined the fragments came from a metal conveyor belt. Approximately 933,272 pounds of chicken products were subject to the recall, according to KTLA News.
The items were shipped nationwide. A full list of the recalled items, packaged and sold under eight different brand names including the popular True Value, Farmington and Tender Bird brands, can be viewed here.
The scariest part? One of the brands is Smart Foods 4 Schools, packaged for consumption in schools nationwide. As a concerned parent or grandparent, you can help make sure that your local school is aware of the recall.
Food safety recalls occur periodically, of course, and chicken recalls are not uncommon. In November and December 2016, National Steak and Poultry, also of Oklahoma, recalled nearly 2 million pounds of ready-to-eat chicken due to possible undercooking that could result in bacterial growth.
But they should still be taken seriously. Food poisoning can be fatal.
Although no injuries or illnesses have yet been reported, you don’t want someone in your family to be the first. If this product is in your home, return it to the store where it was purchased or toss it in the garbage.
Questions about the recall can be directed to Abby Brown at 479-312-2409.
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