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Public health alert issued for chicken meal kits due to misbranding, undeclared allergens

In News, State by OC Monitor Staff

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is issuing a public health alert due to concerns that the chicken breast component of ready-to-eat chicken breast meal kits may contain wheat and soy, known allergens, which are not declared on the product labels. FSIS is issuing this public health alert to ensure that consumers are aware that these products should not be consumed.

The chicken breast meal kits were produced Mar. 19, 2022, to March 22, 2022. The following products are subject to the public health alert [view labels]:

  • 11.55 oz. plastic containers of “freshly made meal CHICKEN BREAST” with sell-by dates of 03/26/22 through 03/29/22, and lot codes of TFNE078, TFNE079, TFNE080, and TFNE081.
  • 11.55 oz. plastic containers of “Hannaford freshly made meal chicken breast” with sell-by dates of 03/26/22 through 03/29/22, and lot codes of TFNE078, TFNE079, TFNE080, and TFNE081.

The products bear establishment number “P-46638” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

The problem was discovered when the producing establishment notified FSIS that they observed different seasonings than usual on the product labeled as grilled chicken breast while preparing the chicken meal kits.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to the consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider.

FSIS has verified the affected products are no longer available for sale but is concerned that some products may be in consumers’ refrigerators. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

Consumers with questions about the public health alert can contact customercare@taylorfarms.com or 855-455-0098. Members of the media with questions about the public health alert can contact press@taylorfarms.com.

Consumers with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 888-MPHotline (888-674-6854) or live chat via Ask USDA from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Consumers can also browse food safety messages at Ask USDA or send a question via email to MPHotline@usda.gov. For consumers that need to report a problem with a meat, poultry, or egg product, the online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at https://foodcomplaint.fsis.usda.gov/eCCF/.