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Recall: Frozen Stuffed Chicken May Contain Foreign Materials

Nov 10, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) just announced that approximately 41,415 pounds of the Barber Foods Company’s frozen stuffed chicken products are being recalled because the Barber Foods frozen stuffed chicken may contain foreign materials. Barber Foods is located in Portland, Maine.

The recall is listed as “high” on the USDA Website and is classified as a Class I recall.  Class I recalls concern a health hazard situation in which there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.  The following three frozen chicken products are subject to this recall:
"#584 SCHWAN'S STUFFED CHICKEN KIEV"/20 ounce:  Each carton contains four individually wrapped boneless breast units.  The side of each carton is ink-jetted with product identification code "T282171000" and code number “21781,” product identification code "T281382000" and code number "13882," and product identification code "T281541000" and code "15481" on each wrapper.  Each carton bears the USDA mark of inspection.

The recalled stuffed frozen chicken was produced on May 17, June 2, and August 4 and was made available for catalog or internet purchase from the Schwan's Home Service, Inc. by consumers nationwide.  Schwan's Home Service, Inc. has received complaints of consumers finding pieces of rubber in the recalled stuffed frozen chicken product, which is what provoked this recall.

This is not the first time in recent weeks and months that food products have been recalled due to foreign objects.  In mid-October, Wegmans recalled all varieties of its In-Store Made Bagels and Bialys because the bagels might have contained pieces of a metal spring from a mixer that entered the dough.  In that case, the products were produced at the Wegmans’ Central Bakeshop in Rochester.  The foreign objects posed a possible choking hazard.  Approximately 1,011 cases of potentially affected bagels were produced.

Just prior to our report on the recalled bagels and bialys, we reported that the Nestle Prepared Foods Company recalled over 200,000 pounds of its Hot Pocket Pizza Sandwiches because they contained small pieces of hard, red plastic and other foreign materials, including a clear, flexible, rubber-like material that splintered off of a testing device during processing.  In that recall, the FSIS said the recall totaled about 215,660 pounds of frozen stuffed pepperoni pizza sandwich products, known as Hot Pockets Pepperoni Pizza.  The USDA said the recalled products could put consumers at high risk and that the foreign materials posed a risk of serious injury to consumers.

And, again, this is not the first time Nestle Hot Pockets have been the subject of a recall this year.  One month before the Hot Pockets Pepperoni Pizza recall, Nestle Prepared Foods Company recalled another nearly 200,000 pounds of its Lean Pockets spinach artichoke chicken sandwiches over similar concerns that the Lean Pockets may have contained pieces of plastic.  Nestle received two consumer reports of injuries from its Lean Pockets spinach artichoke sandwiches according to the USDA.


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