Officials at the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a recall of approximately 15,363 pounds of ready-to-eat grilled chicken strip products after some were found to contain concentrations of thallium. Thallium, according to Wikipedia, is an extremely toxic, odorless and tasteless substance once used as a rat poison and ant killer before its use became prohibited in the United States in 1972.
Suzanna’s Kitchen, Inc., a Peachtree Corners, Georgia business, is recalling the grilled chicken products.
According to today’s announcement,
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services tested retail packages of Nature Raised Farms Organic Gluten Free Grilled Chicken Strips produced by Suzanna’s Kitchen, Inc. and found concentrations of thallium in the product.
The ready-to-eat (RTE) grilled chicken strip items were produced on June 20, 2018. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF only)]
- 8-oz. boxed packages of “NATURE RAISED Farms organic GLUTEN FREE GRILLED CHICKEN BREAST STRIPS” with a “Use By” date of June 20, 2019 and a lot number of “1718SUZ01”.
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 1381” on the side panel of the box (see photo above). These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.
The concentration levels do not present an immediate health hazard; however, FSIS is recommending this Class II recall out of an abundance of caution because prolonged ingestion of contaminated product in sensitive populations could cause some health effects. FSIS is working with the involved parties to identify the source of the contamination and prevent any further product from going into commerce.
There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.
FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ 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.