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Something’s in the chicken that isn’t chicken. So 430,000 pounds got recalled

In the latest not-food-in-your-food recall, Wayne Foods from Decatur, Alabama, recalled over 430,000 pounds of fully-cooked frozen chicken products after foreign matter was found.
In the latest not-food-in-your-food recall, Wayne Foods from Decatur, Alabama, recalled over 430,000 pounds of fully-cooked frozen chicken products after foreign matter was found. TNS File

The frozen cooked chicken products shipped nationwide by Alabama company Wayne Farms aren’t organic. Metal, however, crosses too far into the inorganic.

So, the latest not-food-in-your-food recall involves about 438,960 pounds of frozen, fully-cooked chicken products “that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal pieces,” the USDA announced Wednesday night.

Wayne Farms made the chicken July 4-17 and sent it to restaurants, food distributors and food processors. A customer complaint on July 27 started an investigation that Wayne Farms informed the USDA about on Tuesday.

Though this is a Class I recall — defined by the USDA as “a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death” — no one got metal in their mouths yet, according to the USDA.

The USDA-FSIS announcement did not refer to direct-to-consumer retail sales, so restaurant patrons have the highest chances of winding up crossing paths with this chicken. Those concerned about chomping into metal chicken should ask their restaurateurs about their fowl’s origin.

Anyone with questions about this recall should call Wayne Farms’ Alan Sterling at 678-450-3092.

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