On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture posted a list of retail outlets in a dozen states which may have received chicken products recalled by Foster Farms last week after being conclusively linked to a specific case of illness in an ongoing Salmonella outbreak.
The list is not comprehensive, USDA noted, and may not include all retail locations that received the recalled product and may include retail locations that did not receive the recalled product.
“Therefore,” the agency stated, “it is important that you use the product specific identification information,” along with information on the USDA site and the retail list, to check meat or poultry products in your possession to see if they have been recalled.
Retail outlets on the list released Thursday include stores in AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, UT and WA, as well as military installations in AK, CA, HI, KS, NV and WA.
Large retailers which may have received the contaminated chicken include Costco stores in AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT and WA; Food 4 Less stores in CA and NV; Food Max stores in CA; Food Source Stores in CA; Foodsco Stores in CA; Fred Meyer stores in AK, ID, OR and WA; Quality Food Center stores in WA; Ralphs stores in CA, and WinCo stores in CA, ID, OR, UT and WA.
According to USDA’s Food Safety Inspection Service, the recalled items include fresh chicken products sold by retailers under Foster Farms or private label brand names, with varying “use or freeze by” dates ranging from March 16 through March 31, 2014, and frozen Sunland Chicken products with “best by” dates from March 7 through March 11, 2015.
The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “P6137,” P6137A” or “P7632” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The chicken products were produced from March 7 through March 13, 2014.
“FSIS and the company want the public to be aware that the products are most likely no longer available for purchase, but may be in consumers’ freezers,” the agency stated.
The list of retail outlets which may have received the recalled chicken products is likely to change, so consumers may want to check here for updates.© Food Safety News