A Class II recall has been issued for frozen breaded chicken products after consumers reported finding bits of plastic in the product. A Duluth, GA firm, Suzanna’s Kitchen, produced the breaded chicken.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced the recall. Suzanna’s Kitchen is cooperating with the recall. The products affected by the recall are chicken nuggets and chicken patties. Additional information.
In addition, FSIS will likely ensure the effectiveness of the recall process. FSIS routinely verifies that firms issuing a recall effectively remove the product from the market to ensure consumers cannot inadvertently buy recalled products onward. Additionally, FSIS monitors the notification process used to notify a firm’s customers upon recall of a product.
In all, the recall involves nearly 35,800 pounds of chicken product. The chicken was produced on September 6, 2011 and on March 15, 2012. The company provided some of the chicken to a facility that had been federally inspected for distribution to retail stores across the nation.
The products affected by the recall include cases of (12) 12-oz cartons with the label “FREEBIRD FULLY COOKED CHICKEN NUGGETS”, “FREEBIRD FULLY COOKED GLUTEN FREE/SOY FREE CHICKEN PATTIES”, and 10-lb bulk cases labeled “FULLY COOKED CHICKEN NUGGETS.”
Consumers Reported the Incidents to the FSIS
The FSIS asserted that the issue only became known after they received complaints from consumers who found pieces of plastic in the fully cooked, breaded chicken products. After an initial investigation, FSIS and the producer believe the problem stemmed from the plastic packaging used to hold the chicken temporarily before it went into production.
A Class II recall is issued when a consumer product presents a danger to the public and can cause adverse health events. Generally, the event may cause a temporary or medically treatable health situation. A Class II recall is less serious than a Class I recall, which involves products deemed dangerous enough to cause potential serious health injury or even death.
There is also a Class III recall that indicates a problem with a product. However, this class is not serious enough to cause adverse health events if used or consumed.
At this time, the FSIS and Suzanna’s Kitchen received no reports of damage or sickness related to the chicken products. Concerned consumers who have consumed any of the recalled products mentioned and experience injury or illness should contact their physicians.