Stuffed Chicken Recalled for Foreign ObjectsJan 21, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
Barber Foods Recall Stuffed Chicken Because Of Foreign Materials
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) just announced that Barber Foods Company of Portland, Maine is recalling about 6,050 pounds of its frozen, stuffed chicken carving roast products because the products may contain foreign materials.
The following Barber Foods frozen, stuffed chicken carving roast products are involved in the recall:
- "Market Day® Stuffed Chicken Breast Roast with Rib Meat, with Cranberry and Sage Stuffing" in 2.5-pound packages. The product bears the establishment number "P-276" inside the USDA mark of inspection and also bears the product code "1037, CAT. C," which is located on all sides of the box. The date code "31881" is located at the top of the ingredient statement on the box.
- "BARBER FOODS DISTINCTIONS Barber Carver with Cranberry and Sage Stuffing" in the 10-pound case size. The product bears the establishment number "P-276" inside the USDA mark of inspection as well as the product code "031484," which is located on the label on the side of the case. Either date code "31881" or "31882" is located on the top of the case.
According to the USDA, the recalled Market Day® Stuffed Chicken Breast Roast with Rib Meat, with Cranberry and Sage Stuffing and BARBER FOODS DISTINCTIONS Barber Carver with Cranberry and Sage Stuffing were produced on November 13, 2008, and were distributed by Market Day® in the Midwest and Eastern United States as well as by Barber Foods to institutional food service establishments and also as samples nationwide. The problem with foreign objects in the food products was discovered after a consumer complaint was received about finding pieces of plastic in the product.
Consumers With Questions Should Contact Barber Foods
Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Barber Foods Company Customer Service Supervisor Randi Perry at (800) 577-2595. Also, consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative, which is available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are also available 24 hours a day.
This is not the first time food products have been recalled over foreign objects. In September, Wegmans issued a recall for 1,011 cases of Wegmans In-Store Made Bagels because there were concerns the bagels could contain pieces of a metal spring from a mixer that entered the dough, which was produced at the Wegmans' Central Bakeshop in Rochester; the foreign objects pose a possible choking hazard. In that case, the problem was discovered as a result of a customer complaint.
Prior to that recall, in August, Hot Pockets issued its third recall of the year when Nestle Prepared Foods Company recalled over 200,000 pounds of its Hot Pocket Pizza Sandwiches. In July, Nestle recalled another nearly 200,000 pounds of its Lean Pockets spinach artichoke chicken sandwiches. In both cases, a variety of consumer complaints about foreign objects in the Lean and Hot Pockets products led to the recalls.
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