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February 20, 2001

Tyson Foods Recalls 2.3 Million Pounds of Chicken

Rogers, AR (SafetyAlerts) - Chick’n Quick, a Tyson Foods, Inc. plant, has announced a voluntary recall  affecting approximately 2.3 million pounds of cooked chicken because the products may have been underprocessed.

All products being recalled were produced between Dec. 19, 2000 and Feb. 16, 2001 and bear the establishment number "P-7221" inside the USDA seal of inspection on the label. Additionally, all products bear a UPC number as indicated below and a production code with a Julian calendar date as the first four digits of the number. The production codes range from 3540 through 3660 (Dec. 19, 2000 through Dec. 31, 2000) and 0011 through 0471 (Jan. 1, 2001 through Feb. 16, 2001).

The products were distributed to retail establishments, restaurants, and food service establishments nationwide and in Bermuda, Bahrain, Cayman Islands, Guyana, Indonesia, Panama, Puerto Rico, Saudi Arabia, and St. Martin. Products were also distributed to military installations nationwide and abroad.

The following products subject to recall were distributed to retail establishments:

Product Description UPC Number
Tyson Spicy Breast Tenderloins, Breaded Chicken Breast Tenderloins 23700-02183
Tyson Breast Fillets, Breaded Chicken 23700-02360
Tyson Breast Tenderloins, Breaded Chicken Breast Tenderloins 23700-02360
Tyson Southern Fried Breast Fillets, Breaded Chicken 23700-02362
Tyson Southern Style Breast Tenderloins 23700-02362
Tyson Buffalo Style Chicken Strips 23700-03802
Tyson Crispy Chicken Strips 23700-03803
KIRKWOOD Breaded Chicken Southern Style Breast Fillets 41498-18026
Schwan's Southern Style Chicken Breast Tenderloin Strips 000-23700-56237
Food Club Chicken Breast Fillets 36800-77177
MEIJER Breaded Chicken Breast Fillets 41250-96432
HyVee Chicken Breast Fillets 75450-15050
Great Value FRITTER STYLE Breast Tenderloins 78742-37346

The following products subject to recall were distributed to restaurants, food service establishments, and military installations:

Product Description Product Number UPC Number
Breaded Chicken Breast Tenderloins 2584-895 000-74865-08472
Breaded Chicken Breast Tenderloins 2584-928 000-23700-31324
Chicken Breast Strip Fritters 3803-861 000-23700-51771
Buffalo Bites 5474-633 000-23700-52525
FC Breaded Chicken Breast Fillets (100% Tenderloins) 30299-525 000-11621-30299

"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we urge consumers to check their refrigerators and freezers to see if they have purchased any of these cooked products," said Margaret O’K. Glavin, Associate Administrator of the USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS). "If they find the recalled products, consumers should not eat them, but return them to the point of purchase. Purchasers or consumers of chicken may also wish to ask restaurants or places where they consume chicken if the meal contains the recalled products."

The problem was discovered through Tyson’s Quality Assurance program based on consumer complaints. The establishment then notified FSIS. No illnesses associated with consumption of the product have been reported to FSIS. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician immediately.

Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Willie Barber, Tyson’s Manager of Consumer Relations Department at (501) 290-4714.

Media with questions about the recall may contact Ed Nicholson, Tyson’s Director of Media and Community Relations, at (501) 290-4591.

Consumers with 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 information is available 24 hours a day.

Notice of this product warning was sent via email to SafetyAlerts subscribers February 20, 2001.  For more information regarding the SafetyAlerts free email alert service please click here.

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