OK Foods has recalled nearly 1 million pounds of breaded chicken, found to contain traces of “extraneous materials” including metals. So if this tasty treat is your guilty pleasure, it’s time to throw it out.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Services claims that the affected batches went through production between Dec. 19, 2016 and Mar. 7, 2017. The ready-made food is sold at select Walmart stores and other popular retailers nationwide.
According to a statement by the USDA, the recall was issued after OK Foods received five consumer complaints of metals in their chicken products, claims which were confirmed by FSIS inspection personnel. After an internal investigation, the firm asserted that product contamination was likely the result of contact with a metal conveyor belt.
The statement continued: “FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.”
Rest assured, the FSIS is implementing measures to take the product off the market and keep consumers safe.
Although no adverse affects to consuming the chicken have been reported, the USDA recommends discarding any of the affected products that you may have in your refrigerator or freezer. There’s no need to risk getting sick or developing a future complication by consuming metals–because we’re pretty positive that can’t be healthy.
To answer any questions about the recall, the USDA recommends using their “Ask Karen” tool, which will connect you to a virtual FSIS representative who is available to chat 24 hours a day on AskKaren.gov. The site also features lots of helpful information about all food safety issues, so make sure to take a look if you have any concerns.
Has all this talk of chicken got you craving some for dinner? Try this baked chicken recipe you can make at home!
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03 Steve Martin
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09 Kelly Clarkson
Singer Kelly Clarkson is allergic to peanuts. In addition to her food allergy, Clarkson is also allergic to dog hair and goldenrod. In 2013, she tweeted about being pricked 58 times during an allergy test.
10 Suze Orman
The host of her namesake show is allergic to eggs! According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, most children who have egg allergies grow out of them by the time they're 16 years old.
05 Clay Aiken
In 2004, Kelly Clarkson dished about her fellow American Idol alum's long list of food allergies on Ellen. On that list: mushrooms, tree nuts, shellfish, chocolate, and coffee!
01 Halle Berry
Halle Berry is allergic to shellfish, so that means no shrimp at award show dinners! Despite being one of the most common food allergies, most allergic reactions that lead to hospitalization are caused by shellfish.
12 Jessica Simpson
The singer and fashion designer is allergic to cheese, tomatoes, and wheat. Unfortunately, that sounds like pizza is off limits for the 36-year-old.
04 Ray Romano
The Everybody Loves Raymond star can't have peanuts. Unlike egg allergies, children don't usually grow out of their peanut allergies!
08 Drew Barrymore
Child star Drew Barrymore avoids garlic and coffee. In addition, Barrymore is allergic to perfume and bee stings.
07 Victoria Beckham
Posh Spice happens to be allergic to dairy. She also has a gluten sensitivity.
02 Billy Bob Thornton
Billy Bob Thornton
The actor revealed he is allergic to wheat, eggs, and dairy. He also can't eat red meat.
11 Serena Williams
Tennis star Serena Williams is allergic to peanuts. While not allergic, she also avoids tomatoes and avocados.
06 Chelsea Clinton
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