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Over 400,000 pounds of ready-to-eat frozen chicken recalled for metal fragments

TODAY logo TODAY 9/11/2018 Erica Chayes Wida

Grilled chicken breast slices on woodFresh Grilled Chicken Breast on a Wood Cutting Board © Getty Images Grilled chicken breast slices on woodFresh Grilled Chicken Breast on a Wood Cutting Board There have been a lot of food recalls recently, ranging from Honey Smacks dry cereal to Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers.

Now, one of latest major recalls isn't a bacterial contamination but it might be just as dangerous. On Sept. 5, nearly 450,000 pounds of ready-to-eat, frozen chicken from Wayne Farms, LLC were recalled for possibly containing bits of metal.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the recall was issued voluntarily after the company (which is based in Decatur, Alabama) received a customer complaint on July 27. Wayne Farms conducted an internal investigation to determine whether its products were "contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal pieces" and notified the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service of its findings on Sept. 4.

The poultry products affected by recall were distributed nationwide, though Wayne Farms has to yet to clarify specifically which states, restaurants and grocery stores were affected. The recall affects 11 specific products including white meat chicken, diced chicken, grilled seasoned white meat chicken fines, grilled chicken meat, grilled marked white chicken strips, all natural diced chicken and natural diced seasoned white meat chicken. A full list of the affected products can be found here.

The products affected were produced on different dates between July 4 and July 17 and have the number "P-20214" inside the USDA stamp on packages.

Though there "have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions or injury" associated with these products' consumption, she USDA is advising consumers to check their fridges and freezers immediately. Any chicken that may be affected should be thrown away or returned to the original vendor.


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