Louisiana Plant Recalls Chicken For Underprocessing

WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2001?ConAgra Poultry Company, a Farmerville, La., plant, is voluntarily recalling approximately 18,000 pounds of frozen ready-to-eat chicken because the product may have been underprocessed, the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Food Safety and Inspection Service recent;y announced.

The products were produced on July 30, Aug. 1 and Aug. 3, 2001 and bear the establishment number ?EST. P-13485A? on the case. Products and identifying codes are as follows:

?PIERCE MARINATA ITALIANI STYLE FULLY COOKED, SKINLESS CHICKEN BREAST FILLETS? in 10 lb. cases, with product code MIT4037 and production date codes FO1B1211, FO1B1213, FO1B1215.

?FULLY COOKED, SKINLESS ITALIAN STYLE CHICKEN BREAST FILLETS? in 10 lb. cases, with product code 002515 and production date codes FO1B1213 and FO1B1215.

These products were distributed to the institutional level nationwide. The problem was discovered by a restaurant and reported to ConAgra.

?Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want consumers to be aware of the recall,? said Margaret O?K. Glavin, FSIS acting administrator. ?Diners may wish to ask if their meal contains the recalled products.?

No illnesses or injuries associated with consumption of these products have been reported. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

Consumers with questions about the recall may contact ConAgra Poultry Company?s Consumer Hotline at (800) 414-7500. Media with questions about the recall may contact Karen Lynn, Corporate Communications, ConAgra Poultry Company at (402) 595-5392. Consumers with food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-800-535-4555. The hotline can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday, and recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.


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