GENTRY, Ark. (KFOR) – An Arkansas-based poultry products distributor is recalling over 2 million pounds of potentially contaminated poultry, including products that were shipped to Oklahoma.
Simmons Prepared Foods, Inc., recalled approximately 2,071,397 pounds of poultry products that may be contaminated with metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday in a news release.
The recalled poultry include items produced from Oct. 21 through Nov. 4.
“The products subject to recall bear establishment number ‘P-1949,’ ‘P- 486’ or ‘P-5837’ inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to institutions in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania,” the news release states.
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The problem was discovered at Simmons establishments during further processing.
Although there have been no confirmed reports of bad reactions as a result of consuming the recalled products, anyone who is concerned about an injury or illness related to a Simmons product is asked to contact a healthcare provider.
“Institutions that have purchased these products are urged not to serve them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase,” the news release states.
Simmons issued the following statement:
“Food safety is a very serious matter at Simmons. That is why Simmons has issued a precautionary and voluntary recall of approximately 2 million pounds of fresh and frozen chicken products due to the potential to contain extraneous material, specifically metal. We are working closely with regulatory authorities and affected customers to expedite this product recall.
This issue was discovered through Simmons standard food safety and quality checks. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of the products.
Simmons Foods’ values the trust our customers place in us to deliver quality products that are safe. When something happens that is potentially inconsistent with this promise to our customers, it will always require careful and constant review to maintain our commitment to food safety.”
Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Donald Miller, senior vice president of sales at Simmons Prepared Foods, Inc., at (888) 831-7007.
Consumers who have food safety questions can call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline toll-free at 1-888-MPHotline (888)-674-6854) or live chat via Ask USDA from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.
Consumers can also browse food safety messages at Ask USDA or send a question via email to MPHotline@usda.gov.
Consumers that need to report a problem with a meat, poultry or egg product can access the Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System online at https://foodcomplaint.fsis.usda.gov/eCCF/.