The company announced the recall on September 24, after a wholesale customer of the company, the third largest poultry producer in the U.S., found metal filings in chicken it had received for further processing. The contamination was apparently caused by a malfunctioning ice machine.
The chicken, including four cuts of breast meat, was not shipped to grocery stores or sold to retail customers, but only to processing facilities in Louisiana and Georgia.
The chicken involved in the recall was produced at the Hazlehurst plant on September 17 and 18. There are no reports of any injuries or adverse reactions resulting from the chicken contamination. The U.S. Department of Agriculture advises that anyone concerned about injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.
Sanderson Farms produces, processes, markets, and distributes fresh and frozen chicken, among other prepared foods. If you have any questions about the recall, contact the company at at 1-800-844-4030.