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OK Foods recalls chicken products over possible metal contamination

FBR Staff Writer Published 27 March 2017

US-based OK Foods has issued a recall of around one million pounds of chicken products due to possible foreign matter contamination.

OK Foods is the American subsidiary of Mexican poultry giant, Industrias Bachoco and is located in Arkansas and Oklahoma states.

The ready-to-eat breaded chicken products in question are feared of being contaminated with extraneous materials apart from metal. They were dispatched to country-wide retail locations and institutions.

As per the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the problem came into light following five consumer complaints about the presence of metal objects in the chicken products. The FSIS has classified the food recall as a Class I Recall associated with high health risk.

OK Foods had identified the possibly contaminated products to have been packed between December 19, 2016 and March 7, 2017 and caused by a metal conveyor belt at its recently purchased Oklahoma City factory.

The company said that the problem has been traced out and limited to one production line. Further, it said that prompt actions were taken including increased quality control measures to eliminate the contamination problem from the plant.

A press release from OK Foods read: “Even when the company expects no material effect on its financial results, it will work intensively to keep the confidence of its customers of product produced in this facility.

“We are confident that our OK Foods team is effectively managing the issue as they continue working with USDA officials to resolve the matter.”

OK Foods, previously known as O.K. Industries, was acquired by Industrias Bachoco for an undisclosed price in 2011.

Image: OK Foods has recalled possibly contaminated breaded chicken products. Photo: courtesy of rakratchada torsap/Freedigitalphotos.net.