March 31, 2001Simmons Foods Recalls 5.5
Million Pounds of Chicken Breast Strips for Undeclared Allergen
Buren, AR (SafetyAlerts) - Simmons
Foods is voluntarily recalling approximately 5.5 million pounds of chicken breast strips
because they contain undeclared allergens (whey and egg yolks), the U.S. Department of
Agricultures Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.
Whey and egg yolks are known
allergens. Persons who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to the whey or egg yolks run
the risk of possible allergic reactions if they consume this product.
The products being recalled are "GRILLED CHICKEN BREAST STRIPS WITH RIB MEAT"
packaged in case numbers 50054, 60054, 50055, and 50118. All cases are labeled with the
plant number P-20287.
The products were distributed to restaurants and institutions nationwide.
"FSIS ensures that meat and poultry products are safe, wholesome, and accurately
labeled," said Thomas J. Billy, administrator of FSIS. "Consumers who have
concerns should return the products to the point of purchase."
The problem was discovered by the establishment, which then notified FSIS. FSIS is not
aware of any illnesses associated with consumption of the product. Anyone concerned about
an illness should contact a physician immediately.
Consumers with questions about the recall may contact David Harris, director of quality
assurance, Simmons Foods, at (501) 524-8151, ext. 426. Media with questions about the
recall may contact Todd Simmons, president, Simmons Foods, at (501) 524-8151, ext. 244.
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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