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Chicken Recalled For Metal Risk

empire kosher chicken recall

Nov. 14, 2017 -- Empire Kosher Poultry Inc., a Mifflintown, PA, company, is voluntarily recalling nearly 11,000 pounds of raw chicken products.

The chicken may be contaminated with “extraneous materials, specifically metal,” according the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

The FSIS says the problem was discovered on Nov. 2 by a company employee who saw metal in a chicken breast.

The raw chicken breast products were produced and packaged on Nov. 2, 2017. There have been no reports of injuries or illness.

The following products are part of the recall:

  • 4- to 5.25-pound tray packages of chicken breasts labeled “Empire KOSHER NATURAL Chicken Breasts, Boneless & Skinless,” with case code 46375 and a “Sell By” date of 11/14/17.
  • 1- to 1.25-pound tray packages of chicken breasts labeled “Empire KOSHER NATURAL Chicken Breasts, Boneless & Skinless” with case code 7488 and a “Sell By” date of 11/16/17.
  • 2.5-pound tray packages of chicken breasts labeled “Empire KOSHER NATURAL Chicken Breasts, Boneless & Skinless” with case code 7598 and a “Sell By” date of 11/16/17.
  • 1- to 1.25-pound tray packages of chicken breasts labeled “Empire KOSHER NATURAL Chicken Breasts, Boneless & Skinless” with case code 92615 and a “Sell By” date of 11/17/17.
  • 1- to 1.25-pound tray packages of chicken breasts labeled “Empire KOSHER NATURAL Chicken Breasts, Boneless & Skinless” with case code 7888 and a “Sell By” date of 11/16/17.

The products have “P-1015” inside the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) mark of inspection.

The affected chicken was distributed to Costco, select Trader Joe’s, and select Wegmans stores. A Wegmans spokeswoman said the company was notified about the recall before the impacted chicken was placed in stores and none were sold to its customers.

Consumers should throw these products away or returned them to where they were bought. 

For questions about the recall, call the Empire Kosher toll-free line at 800-570-5718. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline, at 888-MPHotline (888-674-6854), is in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

WebMD Article Reviewed by Neha Pathak, MD on November 14, 2017

Sources

USDA, "Empire Kosher Poultry Inc. Recalls Chicken Products Due To Possible Extraneous Material Contamination."

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