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June 7, 2002

Minnesota Firm Has Recalled Chicken Products

Madelia, MN (SafetyAlerts) - United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, (FSIS) said that Tony Downs Foods Co. has recalled approximately 12,000 pounds of frozen white chicken meat because of undercooking.

The products being recalled are 30-pound boxes of "FULLY COOKED WHITE CHICKEN MEAT." Each box contains the product code, "11666" and a date code beginning with the numbers, "2022." Also printed on the box is "P-65" inside the USDA seal of inspection.

The product was produced on January 22, 2002 and was distributed to one federal processing establishment in California and one federal processing establishment in Pennsylvania. The product at the California establishment was further processed and was recalled earlier today (see Recall Release FSIS-RC-046-2002).

"USDA wants consumers to be aware of the recall," said Linda Swacina, acting FSIS administrator. "Because of the potential for foodborne illness from consumption of undercooked poultry, consumers should not eat this product."

The problem was discovered by the California establishment. No illnesses or injuries associated with consumption of the product have been reported. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician immediately.

Media with questions about the recall may contact Mike Downs, company vice president, at (507) 375-3111, ext. 329. Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Donald Thomas, director of quality assurance, (507) 375-3111, ext. 117.

Consumers with other food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-800-535-4555. The hotline is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time), Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day

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