If you order chicken breast filet in a restaurant, you might want to ask where the restaurant got its chicken after Wayne Farms recalled 585,030 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken breast fillets.
This recall got expanded Saturday from the original April 29 amount of 30,285 pounds and it’s a Class 1 recall, defined by the USDA as “a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”
Here’s what you need to know.
What chicken has been recalled?
From retail stores in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, 16-ounce plastic packs of Chef’s Craft Chicken Breast fillets with establishment number P-20214 and a best by date of 3/23/2023.
From distributors and restaurants around the nation, All Natural Fire Grilled Chicken Breast in 9-pound cases of eight packs of 6-ounce packages and 12 packs of 4-ounce packages with use by dates 5/10/22 through 4/29/23; and 6-pound cases with 24 individual packs of 4-ounce packages with a use by date of 3/5/23.
What’s the problem?
The theoretically ready-to-eat product might be undercooked. Eating undercooked chicken can lead to foodborne illnesses such as salmonella and campylobacter, the latter of which hits 1.5 million Americans each year, according to the CDC.
“Although people with campylobacter infection usually recover on their own, some need antibiotic treatment,” the CDC says.
The USDA-written recall notice says, “The problem was discovered when the firm received a customer complaint that the (ready-to-eat) chicken product appeared to be undercooked.”
What should you do now?
The recall notice states, “Consumers are urged not to eat these products. Restaurants are urged not to serve these products. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.”