More than 30,000 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken is being recalled

KEY POINTS

  • Wayne Farms recalled the products following a customer complaint
  • About 30,285 pounds of the product are affected by the recall.
  • It is important to follow food safety tips when preparing chicken.

More than 30,000 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken fillet products are being recalled because they may be undercooked. Cooking chicken at the right temperature is critical to ensuring food safety.

Wayne Farms is recalling 30,285 pounds of its ready-to-eat “natural fire grilled chicken breast” after receiving a customer complaint that the products appeared undercooked, the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service of the USA (FSIS) announced on your website.

People need to be extra careful when it comes to consuming chicken because they can carry certain bacteria like Salmonella and Campylobacter. Eating undercooked chicken meat can cause foodborne illness, more commonly known as food poisoning, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.CDC).

So far, “there are no confirmed reports” of adverse reactions resulting from consumption of the recalled products. However, anyone who has any concerns about an illness should contact a healthcare professional.

The recalled ready-to-eat products were sent to a distributor in Illinois and then to restaurants. This affects 9-pound boxes of “Natural Fire Grilled Chicken Breast” in 6oz (with an expiration date of 5/30/22) and 4oz (with an expiration date of 6/19/22). They have the establishment number “EST.20214” written on the box. Photos of product packaging Are available on the FSIS website.

“FSIS is concerned that some products may be in the freezers or refrigerators of distributors or restaurants,” FSIS noted in the recall alert. “Restaurants are advised not to serve these products. These products must be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.”

An estimated one million people in the US get sick each year from eating contaminated chicken. That’s why it’s important to follow several food safety steps when it comes to preparing chicken. This includes putting raw chicken in a disposable bag before storing it in the shopping cart or refrigerator, so its juices don’t get into other foods, the CDC noted. It is also important to always wash your hands with soap and water both before and after handling the chicken, and not to wash raw chicken, as this can cause the juices to splatter and contaminate other items in the kitchen.

Remember to use a separate cutting board for raw chicken and to properly wash all items used to cook it. To ensure the chicken is well cooked, it’s best to use a food thermometer to ensure the internal temperature has reached a safe temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Chicken/Eat/Fork In the photo: representative image. Photo: Jan Vašek/Pixabay

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