The USDA says a manufacturer remembers more than 2 million kilos of chicken because of serious concerns about possible metal pollution. The products were shipped to institutions in eight states, including Georgia and Alabama.
Officials said in a statement Wednesday that the chicken, manufactured by Simmons Prepared Foods, Inc., may be contaminated by foreign materials, including metal.
The USDA states the health risk as high in this event and classified it as a Class 1
The voluntary recall affects chicken sent to restaurants, hospitals, and schools in Alabama, Georgia, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania.
Officials say the recall involves whole chickens, breasts, wings, bones, quarters and tenderloin. You can see the list of product labels involved in our gallery above.
The dates on the packages are between October 21 and November 4, and have establishment numbers “P-1949,” “P-486” or “P-5837” inside the USDA mark for inspection.
The USDA states that Simmons, based in Gentry, Arkansas, discovered the problem during further processing.
The USDA is concerned that any product may be frozen and in institutional freezers. Institutions that have purchased these products are encouraged not to serve them. These products must be discarded or returned to the point of purchase.
If you have any questions about food safety, call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotel at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854).