October 27, 2000Arkansas Firm Recalls Chicken
Tenders For Possible Undeclared Allergen
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
The products being recalled are 2.5 pound bags of "SIMMONS Breaded Chicken
Breast Tenders." Inside the USDA seal of inspection, "P-20287"
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
"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
The problem was discovered through routine inspection.
Anyone concerned about an illness or allergic reaction should contact a physician
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
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