March 2, 2000Gold Kist Inc. Chicken Nuggets
and Patties Not Contaminated USDA Says
Company proceeds with recall
to ensure safety
Atlanta, GA (SafetyAlerts) - Laboratory test results
released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service
confirmed that there was no Listeria monocytogenes contamination of chicken nuggets
produced by Gold Kist Inc. for the school lunch program.
Gold Kist notified food distributors and school
food service directors that it was holding distribution of nine lots of chicken nuggets
and patties because of the possible presence of Listeria monocytogenes. Click here to view that
On February 23, the Ohio Department announced that
no bacteria were found on a re-test of the first sample, however another sample in the
second test indicated possible contamination.
At that point, Gold Kist announced that, as a
precaution, it was voluntarily recalling 114,000 pounds of chicken nuggets and patties,
which represented the full days production including the Ohio product. Samples
of products from the same lot were sent from the Ohio warehouse to the USDA FSIS Field
Service Laboratory at Athens, GA for analysis. The negative test results on those
samples were released today.
These FSIS test results should reassure
school food directors and other school officials, as well as parents and students, that
the Gold Kist chicken products they have served and enjoyed for more than 15 years are
wholesome and safe to eat, said John Bekkers, Gold Kist president and chief
operating officer. We regret that the testing processes and the voluntary
recall of these products may disrupt some school menu plans. We are making every
effort to help USDAs Agricultural Marketing Service, distributors and school food
personnel recover from this.
Notice of this product warning was sent via email
to SafeMail subscribers March 2,
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