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USDA Recall of Frozen Stuffed Chicken—Possibility of Containing Foreign Materials

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Recently Barber Foods Company recalled frozen stuffed chicken products because of the possibility they contain foreign materials. The firm is based in Portland, Maine. Barber Foods Company recalled about 41,415 pounds of frozen stuffed chicken.

Visit the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service’s website to view the label of this product.

Here is a list of the products subject to recall listed on USDA’s website:

  • 20-ounce, cartons of "#584 SCHWAN’S STUFFED CHICKEN KIEV." Each carton contains 4 individually wrapped boneless breast units. Ink-jetted on the side of each carton is a product identification code of "T282171000," as well as a code of "21781" on each wrapper. Each carton bears the USDA mark of inspection.
  • 20-ounce, cartons of "#584 SCHWAN’S STUFFED CHICKEN KIEV." Each carton contains 4 individually wrapped boneless breast units. Ink-jetted on the side of each carton is a product identification code of "T281382000," as well as a code of "13882" on each wrapper. Each carton bears the USDA mark of inspection.
  • 20-ounce, cartons of "#584 SCHWAN’S STUFFED CHICKEN KIEV." Each carton contains 4 individually wrapped boneless breast units. Ink-jetted on the side of each carton is a product identification code of "T281541000," as well as a code of "15481" on each wrapper. Each carton bears the USDA mark of inspection.

These frozen chickens were sold over the internet and through catalog from the Schwan’s Home Service, Inc. to customers nationwide. The chickens were produced on May 17, June 2, and August 4.

Customers who purchased these products complained about finding pieces of rubber in the product. However, there have been no reports of injuries. If you have any questions, please call the company, Barber Foods Company Chief Financial Officer Vicki Mann at 207-482-5503.

USDA classified this recall as a Class I recall, meaning, “this is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”

Food injury is not to be taken lightly in circumstances when injuries do result. In some cases, these injuries can have lasting effects. Please see our past post on Taking an Initiative to Prevent Food Contamination—FDA Launches First Tool Kit for Employees in the Food Industry.

For those who have sustained serious food injuries and/or sickness you may want to contact the attorneys at Childers, Buck, and Schlueter to see how they can help protect your legal rights.