More than 2 million pounds of poultry shipped to locations across the U.S. are being recalled over fears that it may be contaminated with metal.
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According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, Simmons Prepared Foods, Inc., is recalling ready-to-cook chicken products including wings, legs, breasts and whole chickens that "may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal."
The recall was initiated after Simmons Prepared Foods Inc. discovered the problem during processing, according to the USDA notice.
The USDA classified the recall as a "Class 1," which means "there is a reasonable probability that use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death." But there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products, according to the USDA.
The recalled products were produced between Oct. 21 and Nov. 4 and shipped to retailers in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania.
The Food Safety and Inspection Service is concerned that some product may be frozen and in institutional freezers. Institutions that have purchased these products are urged not to serve them. The agency is urging the institutions that have purchased these products to either throw them away or have them returned.
Anyone who is concerned about an injury or illness related to the Simmons product is asked to contact a healthcare provider.
Consumers can also contact Donald Miller, senior vice president of sales at Simmons Prepared Foods Inc., at (888) 831-7007 for any further questions regarding the recall.
The USDA posted labels of the affected chicken products on its website.
CORRECTION: The contaminated chicken was discovered by Simmons Foods during processing. How the contamination was discovered was incorrect in an earlier version of this story.