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A chicken and ground beef recall has been making headlines in the past few days. This is not a good time for Americans with the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving. Both of these recalls could affect over 2 million pounds of meat products. The chicken and ground beef recalled has been reported over different findings.
On Wednesday, Nov. 6, Simmons Prepared Foods announced the chicken recall could affect over 2.1 million pounds of its products. The cause behind the sudden recall after metal is said to have contaminated the poultry, according to a report via the United States Department of Agriculture. The reported recall was found in the chicken products that were shipped to “industrial business customers,” according to a spokesperson for Simmons.
Any customers who own these products should throw them out immediately or return them to the place where they purchased it, according to the USDA’s statement. However, there hasn’t been any confirmed cases related to the consumption of the chicken products. This recall only affects chicken products that were produced between the dates of Oct. 21 to Nov. 4, and were shipped to retail locations in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Georgia, Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania, according to the USDA.
Simmons released a separate statement on Wednesday saying that the company is currently working with the authorities on this matter. However, the company wouldn’t reveal what kind of metal was found in its products. The company has also been in touch with the customers over this situation. Two million pounds of chicken is a large amount of product and a huge loss to the company.
This news comes after the report that over 130,000 pounds of ground beef was recalled, as reported via The International Business Times. Rastelli Bros, Inc. revealed that exactly 130,464 pounds of ground beef had to be recalled after there was traces of plastic found in the products. The ground beef is said to be sold between the dates of Oct. 3 through Oct. 15 and includes the establishment number EST 7877-A within the USDA label. The ground beef was shipped to distribution centers and retail locations in Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, and Maryland.
The ground beef recall has affected most of Natures Rancher’s grass-fed organic ground beef products. Consumers can find out more about the ground beef recall, including the list of products here. Consumers are also encouraged to check the establishment dates for any purchased ground beef products. The beef should be immediately thrown away or returned to the original place of purchase.
In addition, Rastelli Bros. took note of the issues shortly after the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) received complaints through its hotline. However, Rastelli Bros. haven’t received any reports of reactions to the recalled beef itself. Anyone who’s concerned about this matter or has suffered an illness from the affected meat should contact their healthcare professional as soon as possible.
That’s not the only recall that’s been making headlines lately. Last month, over 6,400 pounds of Walmart’s frozen meat was recalled for salmonella contamination. According to a Fox 5 report, Walmart’s Great Value frozen fully cooked meats were recalled for possible salmonella contamination, including its pork and turkey sausage patties. The company advised consumers to dispose the meat as soon as possible after a small amount was tested positive for salmonella. Most of the products were shipped nationwide.
Consumers can read about this recall through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection website. Nonetheless, this is not good for meat companies with the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday being weeks away in the U.S.
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