The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced on 6th Nov 2019 that more than 2 million pounds of chicken were recalled because the poultry “can be contaminated by extraneous materials, especially metal.” According to the US Department of Agriculture, Simmons Ready Foods, Inc., located in Arkansas, is recalling various of its ready-to-cook chicken, including chicken legs, chicken wings, and whole chicken. The notice said that the chicken was “shipped to institutions in Arizona, Alabama, Arkansas, California, Minnesota, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania.” Institutions can include schools, restaurants, and hospitals. The recall does not include chicken meat sold in stores. As per the recall notice, these items are produced between October 21st and November 4th.
The company said in a statement on Wednesday: “In Simmons, food safety is a very serious thing.” “That’s why Simmons issued a preventive and voluntary recall of about 2 million pounds of fresh and frozen chicken. We are working closely with regulators and affected customers to speed up product recalls.
The US Department of Agriculture classified the category “Class I”, which means “this is a “health hazard situation, and using the product with reasonable possibilities can lead to serious, adverse health consequences or death.” Simmons said in a statement that the company found this problem through standard food safety and quality inspections, and “has not reported any adverse reactions due to eating products.” According to the USDA, anyone who is “injured or sick should contact a health care provider.” Consumers who have questions about the recall should call 888-831-7007. Mr. Dylan Robb, a consumer regulator of the US Public Interest Research Fund Education Fund, said in a statement that Simmons is “taking the right action by launching a recall.” Mr. Rob said: “When I bite a piece of chicken, the only thing I feel when I tighten is to blow up. We don’t have to worry about whether the food we eat contains inedible and potentially dangerous materials.”