Parents, check your fridge and freezer before cooking dinner tonight!
Here's an announcement that is bound to put you off my personal go-to meal for my kids for at least a few days.
In cooperation with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), Oklahoma-based National Steak and Poultry has announced an expansion to its November 23 recall of 17,439 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken products, to include nearly 2 million pounds of the potentially-undercooked food!
That's a lot of undercooked chicken. Eek.
Check your fridge and freezer for products you may have purchased between August 20 and November 30, 2016, and that bear the establishment number "P-6010T."
Head to the USDA website to see the full list of recalled products, which were sold in stores nationwide under brand names like Hormel, and include a variety of supposedly pre-cooked boneless, skinless chicken strips, cubes, breasts, and diced chicken, both seasoned and unseasoned. Details of the original recall are also available on the USDA's site.
It's worth noting that no adverse health effects have been reported as result of eating the chicken, but foodborne illness can be serious for kids, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with compromised immune systems, so you definitely shouldn't ignore this recall. Especially since this is a so-called class-I recall, making it "a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death."
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If you purchased any of the recalled chicken, don't consume or serve it. Toss it, or contact your store of purchase for a full refund. And maybe make it a fish sticks night.
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Find her onFacebookwhere she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of coffee.