|Food Safety and Inspection
United States Department of Agriculture
Washington, D.C. 20250-3700
Consumer Education and Information
WASHINGTON, June 13, 1997--Hans Kissle, a Wilmington, Mass., food processing firm, is voluntarily recalling about 5,000 pounds of its white chicken salad distributed to New England and New York because some of the product was underprocessed and may have the potential of causing serious illness if eaten, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today.
All 32-oz. (2-lb.) containers of "Hans Kissle White Chicken Salad" with "SELL BY 6-27" stamped on the top of the lid are being recalled. "P-7573" appears inside the USDA inspection seal on the product label.
The product was distributed primarily to BJ's stores in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont. A small amount may have been sent to other retail food stores in those states.
"Because of the potential hazard, we urge consumers to avoid eating the recalled product," said Thomas J. Billy, administrator of USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service. "We urge consumers who may have purchased the suspect product to return it to the place of purchase," Billy said.
The company notified USDA about the problem after discovering that some of the product already shipped to stores may have been undercooked.
Common symptoms of foodborne illness include nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea; and, in some cases, flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, and headache.
Consumers with questions about the recall may phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-800-535-4555. The Hotline can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. This number also provides access to a telecommunications device for the deaf and the hearing impaired.
For Further Information, Contact:
Consumers: Meat and Poultry Hotline, 1-800-535-4555 (voice); 1-800-256-7072 (TTY)
Media: (202) 720-9113
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