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November 7, 2019 (Washington D.C.) – Over 2 million pounds of chicken products sold to institutions in eight states including California have been recalled by Simmons Prepared Foods, Inc. due to metal contamination.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the voluntary recall as a Class I Recall, meaning there is a high health hazard risk with reasonability probability that use of the product will cause serious adverse health consequences or even death.

The poultry items were produced from Oct. 21 through Nov. 4, 2019. They ranged from ready-to-cook chicken breasts, legs and wings to Halal chicken products. 

This spreadsheet contains a list of the products subject to the recall.[View labels (PDF only)]

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-1949,” “P- 486” or “P-5837” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to institutions in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania.

The problem was discovered by Simmons Prepared Foods, Inc. establishments during further processing.

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

FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in institutional freezers. Institutions that have purchased these products are urged not to serve them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Donald Miller, senior vice president of sales at Simmons Prepared Foods, Inc., at (888) 831-7007.

If you have a problem with a meat, poultry, or egg product, the online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at

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What metal? The chickens were fed scrap metal? Metal fragments from broken processing equipment?