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article imageFood sabotage possible in recall of chicken products

By Karen Graham     Jun 18, 2016 in Food
Cold Spring, Minnesota-based GNP Company recalled approximately 55,608 pounds of chicken products late Saturday afternoon that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety Inspection Service.
According to the FSIS notification, this recall is considered a Class 1, High Health Risk. The chicken products were produced on various dates from June 6 to June 9, 2016, and distributed nationwide.
The company discovered that sand and black soil was turning up in some of its products and reported this to the FSIS immediately. There have been no adverse reactions to the contaminated products. Law enforcement has been called into the investigation over fears of sabotaging the food production process.
Many readers might recall that on March 11, 2016, Digital Journal reported on another case of possible sabotage at a Wayne Farms LLC chicken processing facility in Laurel, Mississippi on March 3. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Inspector General (IG) stepped in to lead the investigation that is still ongoing.
According to the U.S. Code § 1365 tampering with consumer products is a federal offense. If this has happened, the perpetrator could be fined and imprisoned for up to 10 years. Food safety laws governing consumer products in the United States are put there for a reason, and that is to protect the American public, so this possible threat will be taken seriously.
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-322” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped for food service and retail distribution nationwide. Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Jane Kalthoff, Customer Representative Supervisor, at (800) 328-2838.
The products subject to recall include:
*40-lb. cases containing “Gold’n Plump CHICKEN WINGETTES & DRUMMETTES 32900” with a use-by date of 6/18/2016 and 6/20/16.
*40-lb. cases containing “Gold’n Plump Chicken Tenders 34400” with a use-by date of 6/16/2016, 6/18/2016, and 6/19/2016
*40-lb. cases containing “Gold’n Plump BONELESS SKINLESS CHICKEN BREAST PORTIONS 24700” with a use-by date of 6/29/2016.
*40-lb. cases containing “Gold’n Plump CHICKEN LEG QUARTERS 20500” with a use-by date of 6/20/2016, 6/21/2016,and 6/22/2016.
*40-lb. cases containing “Gold’n Plump CHICKEN DRUMSTICKS 30800” with a use-by date of 6/20/2016.
*40-lb. cases containing “Gold’n Plump BONELESS SKINLESS CHICKEN BREAST PIECES 36400” with a use-by date of 6/22/16.
*40-lb. cases containing “Gold’n Plump CHICKEN THIGHS WITHOUT BACKS 37800” with a use-by date of 6/20/2016, 6/24/2016, and 6/26/2016.
*40-lb. cases containing “Gold’n Plump CHICKEN DRUMSTICKS 20800” with a use-by date of 6/18/2016 and 6/23/2016.
*40-lb. cases containing “Gold’n Plump UNDER GRADE CHICKEN WING SEGMENTS 22900” with a use-by date of 6/17/2016, 6/19/2016, 6/20/2016, and 6/21/2016.
*40-lb. cases containing “Gold’n Plump CHICKEN WINGS 31100” with a use-by date of 6/17/2016, 6/20/2016, and 6/21/2016.
*40-lb. cases containing “Gold’n Plump CHICKEN LIVERS 31300” with a use-by date of 6/18/2016.
*40-lb. cases containing “Just BARE BONELESS SKINLESS WHOLE CHICKEN LEG 37200” with a use-by date of 6/22/2016, 6/23/2016, 6/24/2016, and 6/25/2016.
*40-lb. cases containing “Gold’n Plump CHICKEN WHOLE LEGS 20700” with a use-by date of 6/20/16.
*40-lb. cases containing “Gold’n Plump CHICKEN GIZZARDS 31200” with a use-by date of 6/20/16 and 6/23/2016.
*40-lb. cases containing “Gold’n Plump Chicken Wingette and Drummettes 33000” with a use-by date of 6/22/2016 and 6/24/2016.
*40-lb. cases containing “Gold’n Plump Chicken Tenders 34900” with a use-by date of 6/23/2016 and 6/25/2016.
*24-lb. cases containing “Just BARE WHOLE CHICKEN 59405” with a use-by date of 6/26/2016.
*40-lb. cases containing “Just BARE CLIPPED CHICKEN BREAST TENDERS 53200” with a use-by date of 6/18/2016 and 6/20/2016.8
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