Two companies in Missouri have issued recalls of meat products due to possible contamination, officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) on Saturday.
Conagra Brands, Marshall, recalled about 245,366 pounds of Banquet frozen chicken strip entrees, and Hillshire Brands, St. Joseph, recalled about 15,876 pounds of smoked sausage products.
ConAgra’s chicken strips have been pulled from shelves because they may be contaminated with pieces of plastic, said FSIS officials.
The frozen chicken strips entrees were produced on June 20, July 11, and July 17, officials added, noting the following products are subject to recall: 8.9-oz. carton containing one entree of "Banquet Chicken Strips Meal" with best if used by dates of Dec. 11 2024, Jan. 1, 2025 or Jan. 7, 2025, and lot numbers 5009317120, 5009319220 or 5009319820 located on the side of the carton.
The products subject to recall bear establishment number "EST. P-9" printed on the side of the carton. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide and also sold online.
The problem was discovered when the firm notified FSIS that it received a consumer complaint of plastic in the chicken strip portion of the product, which resulted in an oral injury associated with consumption of this product.
FSIS has received no additional reports of injury or illness from consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.
The Hillshire Brands Hillshire Farms sausage products, a blend of meat and poultry, have been recalled due to possible contamination by bone fragments in the meat, said FSIS officials.
The ready-to-eat blended meat and poultry smoked sausage items were produced on June 14, they added, nothing the following products are subject to recall: 14-oz. cryovac package containing one rope of "hillshire Farm smoked sausage made with pork, turkey, beef" with lot codes in the form of the establishment number, line number and time of production in hours:minutes:seconds, "EST. 756A 20 19:00:00 through 21:59:59 and EST. 756A 21 19:00:00 through 21:59:59,” and use by date of Nov. 11 2023 printed on the front of the package.
The products subject to recall bear establishment number "EST. 756A" printed on the front of the package. These items were shipped to retail stores in California, Maryland, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Virginia.
The problem was discovered when the firm notified FSIS that it received consumer complaints regarding bone fragments in the product. Also, FSIS received one consumer complaint regarding this issue.
There has been one reported oral injury associated with consumption of this product. FSIS has received no additional reports of injury or illness from consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.
FSIS is concerned that some of the recalled products may be in consumers' refrigerators or freezers. 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.
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution lists will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.
Consumers with questions about the recall can contact the customer service line at 855-382-3101.
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 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. Consumers can also browse food safety messages at ask.USDA.gov or send a question via email to MPHotline@usda.gov.
For consumers who 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 atfoodcomplaint.fsis.usda.gov/eCCF.