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November 10, 2001

Dakota Foods Recalls Chicken

Sioux Falls, S.D. (SafetyAlerts) - United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, (FSIS) said that Dakota Foods, Inc. is recalling approximately 3,580 pounds of frozen ready-to-eat chicken salad because the product may have been underprocessed.

This is the first public notice of this Class I recall issued by the  FSIS.

The product subject to recall is "Smash Hit Subs: WHITE MEAT CHICKEN SALAD" in 18 lb. cases, with product code 80368. Each 18 lb. case contains 3 lb. vacuum sealed packages with product code 80368.

The product was produced on Oct. 1, 2001, and bears the
establishment number "P-7096" inside the USDA seal of inspection on the label.

This product was distributed to Orion Smash Hit franchises typically located in convenience stores nationwide. The problem was discovered when the product was pulled out of an Orion R&D Kitchen stock for presentation, and the potential undercooking was reported directly to Dakota Foods, Inc.

"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want
consumers to be aware of the recall," said Margaret O’K. Glavin, FSIS acting administrator. "FSIS is informing the public so franchises and consumers who may have purchased and stored the product in their refrigerators or freezers can know to check."

FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with
consumption of this product. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.

Consumers with questions about the recall may contact
Dakota Foods, Inc.’s Quality Assurance Manager, Jim Olson at (605) 334-5332. Media with questions about the recall may contact Steve Willis, Comptroller, Dakota Foods, Inc., at (605) 334-5332

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