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INFORMATIONAL LETTER:  65

POLICY CODE:  EF

 

TO:                   Superintendents of Schools

 

FROM:              Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner

 

DATE:               April 23, 2003

 

SUBJECT:        RECALL:  COMMODITY FROZEN COOKED DICED CHICKEN

 

            This memo is from the Maine Department of Education, Child Nutrition Services Office.  Please take immediate action. 

 

COMMODITY FROZEN COOKED DICED CHICKEN RECALL

   

            On Monday, April 21, 2003, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) announced an administrative recall of all commodity frozen cooked diced chicken due to complaints of bone fragments and some injuries to consumers in the National School Lunch Program.   

   

The recall affects all frozen cooked diced chicken from all vendors.  Please place the commodity diced chicken on hold until a determination can be made as to the final disposition of this product.   This determination should be made within the next 10 days.

           

The USDA needs to know how much of this product you have on hold at your facility.  Please

e-mail this information to:  anne.littlefield@maine.gov   Please provide your name and the full name of the school. 

 

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter

 

If you have any questions, please call the Child Nutrition Services Office at 624-6842.

 

********Please see below for further information provided by the USDA.********

 

Frozen Diced Chicken Recall

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Food and Nutrition Service Announces Administrative Recall of Frozen Diced Chicken in the National School Lunch Program

                        Contact:  Jean Daniel (703) 305-2286

 

WASHINGTON, April 21, 2003—As a precautionary measure, USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service is conducting an administrative Class II recall of this product currently in state warehouses and school storage facilities.  The presence of bone fragments prompted USDA to issue improved specifications for the product in 2002.  Despite the more stringent specifications, additional complaints have prompted the administrative recall of the product.

Approximately 13 million pounds were purchased for schools this year and it is estimated that some 4 million pounds are still in distribution.  State distributing agencies and industry representatives were notified that frozen diced chicken would not be offered to schools for the up-coming 2004 school year until an improved product can be manufactured and supplied.

  

USDA RECALL CLASSIFICATIONS

Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.

Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.

Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.