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October 27, 2000

Arkansas Firm Recalls Chicken Tenders For Possible Undeclared Allergen

Van Buren, AR (SafetyAlerts) - Simmons Foods Inc. said today it is recalling approximately 716,000 pounds of cooked, frozen chicken tenders that may contain milk products undeclared on the label, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

Milk products are a known allergen. Persons who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk products run the risk of possible serious allergic reactions if they consume the product.

The products being recalled are 2.5 pound bags of "SIMMONS Breaded Chicken Breast Tenders." Inside the USDA seal of inspection, "P-20287" appears.

The product was produced between Apr. 7 and Oct. 25, 2000. On the side of each package is an identifying code. The first four digits of the code date on each package subject to recall are between 0098 and 0299, inclusive. The product was distributed to retail stores nationwide.

"We urge consumers to check their refrigerators and freezers," said Thomas Billy, FSIS administrator. "If they find any of the products listed above and are allergic to milk products, consumers should not eat them, but return them to the point of purchase."

The problem was discovered through routine inspection.

Anyone concerned about an illness or allergic reaction should contact a physician immediately.

Consumers and media with questions about the recall may contact Doug Siemens, community relations manager, Simmons Foods Inc., at (501) 524-8151, ext. 246.

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

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