Major Chicken Recall Announced: What You Need to Know Now

chickenFeel like chicken tonight? You might want to consider ordering a pizza instead: More than half a million pounds of chicken products (over 275 tons!) are being recalled because the poultry "may be contaminated with extraneous metal materials," says the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service. Yikes!!

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The chicken in question is from Mississippi-based Sanderson Farms, which said in a press release that "None of the products that are the subject of this recall were shipped to grocery stores or packed directly for consumers." But even if there's little chance any of this chicken is in your freezer at the moment, this is still a pretty serious matter: The USDA has classified this recall as a Class I, which translates to "there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death."

Pizza is sounding better and better, right? According to the USDA, it was a processing facility that discovered the chicken contained metal shavings, thought to be the result of a malfunctioning ice machine used during production. Scary! 

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It's always extremely disturbing to consider how easily the food we eat can be contaminated, often completely by accident. And we see this kind of thing happen with literally everything edible, from produce to meats to grains and dairy. Nothing is safe! Okay, okay -- time to calm down. Calm down and double-check that no chicken anyone eats in the near future is from Sanderson Farms, that is!

 

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