Stericycle released its Q3 2019 Recall Index last month. The following are the key takeaways:
FDA Food Recalls
- Recalled food units increased 319.5% to 8.8 million
- 21.5% had nationwide distribution
- Top food categories
- Prepared foods: 24
- Produce: 19
- Flavoring: 14
- Seafood: 12
- Undeclared allergens were the top cause at 35.5%
- Foreign material were top cause of units impacted at 47%
- Decreased 25% to 24
- Affected 537,000 pounds
- Top Categories
- Poultry: 33%
- Beef: 21%
- Pork: 12.5%
- Seafood: 4.2%
- However, this category came out on top for recalls by pound, at 22.6% of recalled pounds
- Top Reasons
- Undeclared allergen: 37.5%
- Bacterial contamination: 21%
- Foreign material: 17%
Yesterday Arkansas-based Simmons Prepared Foods, Inc. initiated a Class I recall of 2,071,397 pounds of poultry products over concern of foreign matter contamination. The products, which were produced between October 21 and November 4, were shipped to Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania.
Thus far there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions related to product consumption.
In an FSIS news release, the agency expressed concern that some of the products may be frozen at institutions and is advising that the products be thrown away or returned to where they were purchased.
Last week USDA announced two Class I recalls involving possible foreign matter contamination. Perdue Foods, LLC has recalled about 31,703 pounds of certain ready-to-eat chicken products that may be contaminated with bone material. The products, which were shipped nationwide and include plastic trays of Simply Smart Organics Breaded Chicken Breast Tenders (gluten free and whole grain), and Chef Quik Breaded Chicken Tenders Boneless Tender Shaped Chicken Breast Patties with Rib Meat were produced on March 21. The full list of products is on the FSIS website and have the establishment number “EST. P-369” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Thus far there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions following consumption of these products.
Johnsville, LLC has recalled nearly 95,400 pounds of its ready-to-eat jalapeno cheddar smoked sausage products after a consumer complaint involving green hard plastic in the product. The 14-oz packages of the product were shipped both nationwide and internationally, were produced on March 12 and 13, and have the establishment number “EST. 34224” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Thus far there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions following consumption of these products.