It seems as though food recalls just keep on coming. In spite of increased regulation of the food industry, we continue to have potentially life-threatening mistakes made in the mass production of some of our most trusted consumables.
This time it’s chicken - AGAIN. Wasn't it less than two weeks ago that one of the nation’s top chicken product distributors, Tyson Foods, had to recall one of their most popular items?
The beloved food staple for millions of children, chicken nuggets, were pulled from store shelves because some unwary consumers found foreign objects in the meat! YUCK!! With chicken being such a mainstay of most Americans’ diets, the concern for our health is very real.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) “Consumers’ taste for chicken shows no signs of waning”
“In the next 12 months, 21 percent of consumers anticipate eating more chicken from the supermarket and 14 percent anticipate eating more from a food service establishment. In fact, according to the USDA, Americans will eat nearly 92 pounds of chicken per person this year — a record amount.
According to the online research company, Provisioner, “71 percent of consumers were extremely or very concerned about food safety.” And with good reason, it seems.
Today, a massive recall of 100,000 pounds of chicken was announced, this time for a mistake that has no business happening in this day and age. But it did. And if you happen to be highly allergic to eggs, your life was put at risk by this 'mistake.'
VICS Acquisition, a Harlingen, Texas-based-based food distributor, has recalled 50 tons of its frozen meals for misbranding and incorrect allergen information.
USA Today is reporting, “Affected are certain packages of happi foodi Bloody Mary Inspired Chicken, Southeast Grocers Marsala Chicken and Southeast Grocers Mediterranean Herb Chicken.”
The company reports that the ‘happi foodi’ products were shipped nationwide and 'Southeast Grocers’ meals were limited to distribution in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
Here are the details:
- 1.5-pound packages containing one frozen steam bag meal of happi foodi Bloody Mary Inspired Chicken with lot codes 14528 and 15092 and use by dates of March 2, 2020, and April 15, 2020
- 1.5-pound packages containing one frozen steam bag meal of SE Grocers Marsala Chicken with lot codes 14177 and 14532 and use by dates of Feb. 8, 2020, and March 3, 2020
- 1.5-pound packages containing one frozen steam bag meal of Mediterranean Herb Chicken with lot codes 14145 and 14531 and use by dates of Feb. 7, 2020, and March 4, 2020
All items were manufactured between August 7th and October 15th and bear the establishment number: P-34622. If you think you may have one of these meals, please check immediately for that information on the packaging.
Fortunately, no illnesses or adverse reactions have been reported as of yet, most likely thanks to the fact that the mistake was discovered by 'happi foodi' employees, who alerted authorities of the problem.
So, while we think food companies need to be more careful when sending massive amounts of their products to trusting consumers, we are at least glad that there are some safeguards to discover problems, albeit after the fact, but before anyone could be harmed.
Those of us who rely on manufacturer information to help us avoid foods that can cause medical harm, take this sort of mistake very seriously. I happen to have gluten intolerance and in all my studying on the topic, I have been led to believe that the manufacturer is the most trusted source for allergen information. Today's announcement gives me renewed concern for my future safety.
Leave to one wiseguy to find a bit of humor in the scary news:
"But which came first? 🐔🥚#Recall alert: 50 tons of chicken meals could contain unlisted eggs" LOL! Good question!
All joking aside, this could be very dangerous if you are affected.
If you have purchased any of these products, you are advised to either throw them out or return them to the place of purchase. But, please, DO NOT EAT!