The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced last week that Oklahoma-based OK Food, Inc is recalling nearly a million (933,272 to be exact) pounds of ready-to-eat, breaded chicken products because they may be contaminated with metal shards. Which are clearly harmful, and beyond unappetizing.
Five consumer complaints have been received so far, which led to the recall. The unsavory metal pieces are believed to originate from a conveyor belt. The good news? No injuries or "adverse reactions" have been reported as a result of consuming the potentially contaminated chicken.
The products, which range from chicken fries to chicken nuggets to chicken fillets, were sold nationwide, including at some Walmart stores, under brand names like Farmington, Smart Foods4Schools, and Great Value between Dec. 19, 2016 and March 7, 2017. You can see a full list of recalled items here and view product labels here.
You'll want to look for establishment number "P-7092" inside the USDA mark of inspection to determine if the products you purchased for your family fall under the recall. If so, obviously you should not eat the chicken. You are instead urged to return the product to your store of purchase or throw it away. Rest assured: Affected products are no longer available for sale.
This isn't the first large-scale chicken recall of late. You may recall that in December, 2 million pounds of ready-to-eat chicken was recalled due to potential under-cooking.
Is this a good time to mention that I have been a vegetarian for 25 years? But... my kids love chicken!
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and soon-to-be mom of 4. Find her on Facebook where she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of yoga.