Recall Alert: 15,000 Pounds of Grilled Chicken Recalled Over Toxic Chemical


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If it seems like there’s a steady stream of food recalls lately, well…you’re not wrong. A recent grilled chicken recall comes on the heels of several poultry, meat, egg and other food recalls.(In October, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a recall of 6.9 million pounds of raw beef due to Salmonella concerns.) So what products are included in this most recent food-related recall?

According to the FSIS, Suzanna’s Kitchen, Inc. voluntarily recalled 15,408 pounds of grilled chicken products due to thallium contamination concerns. Here’s what you need to know.

Recall Description: Nature Raised Farms Organic Gluten Free Grilled Chicken Breast Strips

The recalled products include Nature Raised Farms Organic Gluten Free Grilled Chicken Breast Strips (ready to eat) in 8-oz. boxed packages. The affected products have a “Use By” date of June 20, 2019.

Why the Chicken Was Recalled

During testing of Nature Raised Farms Organic Gluten Free Grilled Chicken Breast Strips produced by Suzanna’s Kitchen, Inc., the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services found thallium concentrations present.

Thallium is a metal that is mainly used in the production of electronic devices. Ingesting large levels of this metal can cause serious health issues, including vomiting and nervous system disorders. It’s important to note that the FSIS reports that the thallium concentrations found in the recently recalled chicken products, “do not present an immediate health hazard.”

Even though the concentrations were low, the FSIS issued the recall out of an abundance of caution. So far there are no reports of adverse reactions to the chicken. Representatives from Tyson referred Red Tricycle to the recall announcement at the USDA website.

How To Tell If Your Chicken is Part of the Recall

Again, the recent recall is only for Nature Raised Farms Organic Gluten Free Grilled Chicken Breast Strips produced by Suzanna’s Kitchen, Inc. 8-oz. boxed packages with a “Use By” date of June 20, 2019. The affected chicken has a lot number of “1718SUZ01.” The boxes bear the establishment number “EST. 1381” on the side panel.

What Parents Can Do

Don’t eat the chicken. Check both your fridge and your freezer for any remaining products. Throw any affected products out. If you have questions or concerns, contact Tyson Consumer Relations at 1-888-747-7611.

—Erica Loop

Featured Photo: Luka Siemionov via Pexels 



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