RECALL ALERT: Thousands of Pounds of Raw Chicken Breast RECALLED After Metal Shavings Found


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Consumers are warned of a potentially dangerous situation involving raw chicken breasts. According to a recall issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), metal shards were found in a brand of raw chicken breasts, which could cause great harm if ingested. Product labels for the recalled products are provided below.


The chicken breasts were sold by Empire Kosher Poultry, and the recall covers over 10,000 pounds of the packaged raw chicken. It appears that at some point during the packing process, metal shards found their way on to the product. Consumers are advised to consult the labels below to confirm they purchased this particular brand, and if so, to either throw the chicken away or return it to their place of purchase.

The chicken was sold under the brand Empire Kosher Natural Chicken Breasts. Labels are included below for reference.

Here is the complete recall notice issued by the FSIS.

Empire Kosher Poultry, Inc., a Mifflintown, Pa. establishment, is recalling approximately 10,839 pounds of raw poultry products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.

The raw chicken breast products were produced and packaged on Nov. 2, 2017. The following products are subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]

  • 4 to5.25-lbs. tray packages containing chicken breasts labeled “Empire KOSHER NATURAL Chicken Breasts, Boneless & Skinless” with case code 46375 and “Sell By” date 11/14/17.
  • 1 to1.25-lbs. tray packages containing chicken breasts labeled “Empire KOSHER NATURAL Chicken Breasts, Boneless & Skinless” with case code 7488 and “Sell By” date 11/16/17.
  • 2.5-lbs. tray packages containing chicken breasts labeled “Empire KOSHER NATURAL Chicken Breasts, Boneless & Skinless” with case code 7598 and “Sell By” date11/16/17.
  • 1 to1.25-lbs. tray packages containing chicken breasts labeled “Empire KOSHER NATURAL Chicken Breasts, Boneless & Skinless” with case code 92615 and “Sell By” date 11/17/17.
  • 1 to 1.25 –lbs. tray packages containing chicken breasts labeled “Empire KOSHER NATURAL Chicken Breasts, Boneless & Skinless” with case code 7888 and “Sell By” date 11/16/17.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-1015” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

The problem was discovered on November 2, 2017 by an establishment employee who observed metal foreign material in a chicken breast while performing routine duties. The establishment took corrective actions to recover products before reaching commerce.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. FSIS has received no reports of injury or illness from consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

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.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact the Empire Kosher toll free line at (800) 570-5718. Media with questions about the recall can contact [email protected]

Here are the labels associated with the recall.

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