The Oklahoma-based National Steak and Poultry has expanded from an initial recall of 17,349 pounds of chicken to an additional 1,976,089 pounds of poultry that was ready-to-eat and is possibly undercooked, says Fox News.
This is a substantial amount of product to recall, but the issue of undercooked poultry is that it allows bacteria to survive in the products, which could lead to severe illnesses and potential deaths.
The initial announcement was made by the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on December 1st.
Today reports that the dates of the produced products range from August 20th to November 30th. The cases for the products are subject to recall and have establishment number P-6010T along with the USDA mark for inspection. All items were distributed nationwide and sold to consumers. They should state that they were distributed by National Steak and Poultry on the label.
What the Exact Recall Includes
The expanded recall includes products for Fully Cooked, Diced, Grilled Boneless Chicken Breasts with Rib Meat. The Lot code on the product includes 100416 and case code 70020.
They are also recalling five pound bags that are packed with two pound bags of Hormel Natural Choice 100% Natural Fully Cooked Roasted Chicken Breast Strips featuring lot code 100416 and case 702113.
These cases were distributed and sold nationwide, but the recall is for a high health concern about the undercooked meat products, says HealthDay.
So far there have been no reported illnesses for these products, but they are being recalled for precautionary measures. The FSIS routinely creates recall notifications to check products and verify that consumers are not ingesting potential bacteria and other health hazards. The recall also ensures that the product is no longer being sold on grocery market shelves so that consumers have no risk of contracting an illness.
Consumers that have them in their homes can return them to the place they purchased them for a refund or discard.
The initial investigation was launched by a food service customer that complained the products appeared undercooked. The complaint was lodged on November 28th, 2016.
There is a full list of products listed in the press release issued by the USDA.
The Dangers of Undercooked Meat
When raw poultry or undercooked poultry is consumed, it increases the likelihood a person will ingest and become contaminated with salmonella. Salmonella is a severe form of food poisoning that leads to stomach pains, fever, cramps, diarrhea, and body aches. Most people will exhibit symptoms in 12 to 72 hours after consuming undercooked meat products.
Also, there is the risk of other bacteria that could be growing on the undercooked poultry products. Poultry must be cooked to a safe internal temperature in order to adequately remove these potential contaminants. When it is not properly cooked, a person may suffer from a severe foodborne illness.