June 15, 1999
Chicken Nuggets Recalled for
WASHINGTON, (SafetyAlerts) - Serenade Foods, Inc., a Milford,
Ind., firm is voluntarily recalling approximately 480,000 pounds of chicken nuggets that
may contain undeclared whey, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and
Inspection Service announced today.
Whey, a dairy product, is a known
allergen. Persons who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk or milk proteins run
the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these
The product being recalled is Maple
Leaf Farms brand of "Crunchy Chicken Nuggets," in 10-ounce packages. The
packages bear "Est. #P-2375" in the USDA mark of inspection on the front of the
package and an identifying code number of from 9001 to 9124 embossed on the end panel
above the opening strip. All "Crunchy Chicken Nuggets" produced between January
1, 1999 and May 4, 1999, are being recalled.
The "Crunchy Chicken
Nuggets" were distributed nationwide.
"Because of the potential hazard
for people with milk allergies, we urge consumers to check their refrigerators and
freezers. If they find the recalled product, consumers should not eat it and should return
it to the point of purchase," said Thomas J. Billy, administrator of USDA's Food
Safety and Inspection Service.
The problem was discovered after a
consumer had an allergic reaction and complained to FSIS. FSIS compliance officers checked
with Serenade Foods, Inc., and found that the product did contain a small amount of
undeclared whey until May 4, 1999.
Anyone concerned about an illness or
allergic reaction should contact a physician.
Consumers with questions about the
recall may contact Ms. Nora Macon, Corporate Communications Manager for Serenade Foods, at
Consumers with questions about food
safety may phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-800-535-4555. The
hotline is staffed from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday, and
recorded information is available 24 hours a day.
For Further Information, Contact:
- Consumers: Meat and Poultry
Hotline, 1-800-535-4555 or (202) 720-3333 (voice);
- Media: (202) 720-3897
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