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Check your chicken: Raw chicken recall

Check your chicken: Raw chicken recall
Check your chicken: Raw chicken recall
Chef Larry Edwards/Casa de Cuisine

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a public safety alert today, July 27, 2014 regarding breaded chicken products shipped to various retail establishments. Though most of the products in question were sent to distributors who cater to the restaurant business, big-box supermarkets such as Costco, Sam's Club and other markets which deal in large quantity purchases may also be involved.

The USDA is alerting the public because the distributor, VU Foods, LLC, a Kansas City, Mo, has refused to release a voluntary recall. The reason for the USDA recall is the breaded chicken products in question have not been inspected and may not be fit for human consumption.

The following products are those being recalled by the USDA:

Select Cut – Cubed Chicken Breast Meat (product code: 10800)
Select Cut – Cubed Chicken Breast Meat (product code: 10810)
Cubed Chicken Breast Meat (product code: 10500)
Pre-Battered Chicken Tender (product code: 80022)
Boneless All Natural Chicken Breast Nuggets (product code: 8550)
Chicken Dark Meat Nuggets (product code: 20505)
KIKKA Boneless All Natural Chicken Breast Nuggets, packed exclusively for KIKKA RESTAURANTS

The investigation enforcement actions are ongoing and FSIS is prepared to take additional actions or expand the investigation based on new evidence.

FSIS has received no reports of illness due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider.

FSIS served a Notice of Suspension to VU Foods, LLC, on July 24, 2014.