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    Thursday, 8 December 2016

    "Ready-to-eat" Chicken Re-recall Hits Nearly 1000 Tons


    National Steak & Poultry (Owasso, OK) two days ago hugely widened the scope of its previous November 23rd recall to encompass a variety of ready-to-eat chicken products totalling nearly 992 tons. The initial recall had only covered around 9 tons of products, so this marks a gigantic expansion of affected ranges.

    According to a USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) report, the recall of the ready-to-eat chicken is due to adulteration from possible undercooking, resulting in the potential survival of bacterial pathogens in the products.

    The recall is a Class I recall, according to FSIS scales, which means that there is a high risk to health: “a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”

    The massive expansion of product ranges now included on the recall is detailed on an FSIS list here. It includes an array of different products, mainly “cooked” chicken breast and rib meat.

    The cases of product that are subject to recall are all labelled with the code “P-6010T” in the USDA inspection mark, so any chicken products bought from National Steak & Poultry over a recent timeline should be checked for this code. They have been sold to food service locations across the US, as well as directly to consumers at the establishment’s monthly dock sale.

    The recent recall follows the discovery and reporting of undercooked meat by a food service customer, who complained to the establishment that that product appeared improperly cooked.

    There have thus far been no confirmed reports of any adverse health effects resulting from the undercooked chicken. Anybody concerned about potential illness should contact their healthcare provider.

    Consumers who have purchased affected product should return it to the place of purchase or dispose of it directly.

    National Steak & Poultry are located in Owasso, Oklahoma. They make, unsurprisingly, steak and poultry products, as well as pork products. According to their website copy, “National Steak & Poultry is on the cutting edge of new flavors and processing technologies to bring you the best raw & fully cooked chicken products available.” I think in this case the raw & fully cooked chicken products are supposed to be separate, rather than mixed up together. The company was also involved in another recall in Christmas 2009, involving 240,000 beef steaks for E. coli O157:H7 contamination. That case caused FSIS to change food safety regulation regarding blade-tenderisation.

    This expansion to the original recall makes it a pretty huge one, but at least National Steak & Poultry are doing the right thing in consumer food safety terms. Still, they should maybe in invest in some new thermometers, and certainly take a look at their HACCP plan to make sure their chicken is less ironically named “ready-to-eat.”


    Sam Franklin

    With a master’s in Literature, Sam inhales books and anything readable, spending his working hours reformulating the info he gathers into digestible articles. When not reading or writing, he likes to put his camera to work around the world, snapping street photography from Stockholm to Tokyo. Too much of this time spent in Japan teaching English has nurtured a weakness for sashimi, Japanese whisky, and robot cafés.
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