‘Ready-to-eat’ chicken may be undercooked; firm launches recall

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A customer complaint about what appears to be undercooked chicken has prompted Tarantino Wholesale Foods Distributor to recall more than 1,000 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken breasts.

Undercooked chicken can result in the potential survival of bacterial pathogens in the products, according to the recall notice posted by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The recalled product is labeled as “Mary’s Fully Cooked Chicken Breast.”

The 10-pound cases were produced on Oct. 23 and have a use-by-date of Oct. 23, 2021. The log shelf life of the chicken breasts has officials concerned that consumers or retailers may have some of the recalled product in their freezers.

To determine whether they have the recalled chicken, consumers and retailers should look for the following label information:

10-lb. cases of “MARY’S FULLY COOKED CHICKEN BREAST” with lot code 20297, use by date of 10/23/21 and the establishment number “P-8119” stamped inside the USDA mark of inspection 

The San Diego company reports distributing the recalled chicken in California to consumers and institutional kitchens.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions related to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

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. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Marcos Tarantino, Quality Assurance Supervisor, at marcos.tarantino@tarantinosausage.com.

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