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TO: Superintendents of Schools
FROM: Susan A. Gendron, Commissioner
DATE: April 23, 2003
RECALL: COMMODITY FROZEN COOKED DICED CHICKEN
is from the Maine Department of Education, Child Nutrition Services
Office. Please take immediate
COOKED DICED CHICKEN RECALL
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
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: email@example.com
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.
below for further information provided by the USDA.********
- Frozen diced chicken supplied to the National School
Lunch Program has generated some complaints and been responsible for a few
injuries due to bone fragments in the product. In response to this public health concern, FNS announced on
April 21st that it will conduct an administrative recall of
this product currently in state warehouses and school storage facilities
and not offer the product to schools until the industry can manufacture an
- This product is not being recalled by the
manufacturer, but is being recalled by the FNS administration as a
- Complaints about bone in frozen diced chicken
prompted the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) in 2002 to reduce the
allowable bone size from ¾ inch to ½ inch. In spite of this more stringent specification, the number of
complaints remained consistent throughout school year 2002 to the present
- Approximately 13 million pounds were purchased for
schools this year and it is estimated that some 4 million pounds are still
in distribution. An additional 1.2
million pounds are on order, but will not be shipped by AMS.
- 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.
- Frozen diced chicken is a very popular item on school
menus and is used to make items such as soups, chicken quesadillas and
fajitas, oriental chicken, chicken salad, chicken and gravy, chicken pot
pies, salad bars, casseroles, and soft tacos, to name a few.
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.
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.