Tyson Issues Recall For Chicken Products


Food company Tyson Foods is voluntarily recalling nearly 2.5 million pounds of its chicken products, some of which may have been purchased by schools.

The company is recalling ready-to-eat breaded chicken products because of an allergen that was not listed on the label, The Associated Press reports. Tyson was notified on June 6 by one its suppliers that the bread crumbs used for the products may contain milk.

The recall does not affect retail customers, as the products were only sold for use in food service, Tyson said. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, schools have bought products from the company, and could potentially be affected by the recall.

The recall affects products that were packaged from Aug. 17, 2016 to January 14, 2017, reports Fortune.

Items recalled include the Tyson Fully Cooked, Whole Grain Strip-Shaped Chicken Pattie Fritters, Fully Cooked, Breaded Chicken Patties and others.

The recalled products have the number P-1325 for their USDA marks of inspection, according to WebMD.

The items should be returned to the supplier from which they were purchased or thrown away.

So far, there have been no reported illnesses from the chicken products.

ConAgra Brands, Inc. has also issued a recall for more than 700,000 pounds of spaghetti and meatball products, because the items undeclared allergens and were reportedly misbranded, according to The Shreveport Times.

Similar to the Tyson Foods recall, the products contain milk, which is not listed on the products' labels.

The items, which were produced on Jan. 5, 2017 and Jan. 12, 2017, include Libby's Spaghetti and Meatballs Made with Pork, Chicken and Beef in Tomato Sauce as well as Essential Everyday Spaghetti With Meatballs Made With Pork, Chicken and Beef in Tomato Sauce and other similar products labeled with the brands Del Pino's, Hy-Top, Food Hold and Chef Boyardee.

Products included in the recall will have the number EST. 794M in their USDA mark of inspection.

FoodSafety.gov recommends returning recalled products to the store where you bought them. The store will send back the items or discard them. It also suggests making sure to see why the product is being recalled, as food can be recalled for bacterial contamination, improper labeling and other reasons.

The website's guide recommends cleaning your kitchen, cookware and utensils if you have already used food that was recalled for bacterial contamination, and to look for symptoms of food poisoning including nausea, diarrhea and vomiting.

To clean kitchen counters, the guide recommends using a solution of 1 tablespoon unscented liquid chlorine bleach in 1 gallon of water.

The USDA also has a Meat and Poultry toll-free hotline at 1-888-674-6854, which can help with questions about food recalls.

Sources: AP via CNBC, Fortune, WebMD, The Shreveport Times, FoodSafety.gov / Photo credit: cycling_geek/Flickr

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