Food recalls are somewhat commonplace, these days, but they are always a cause for concern. Of course, not all recalls are equal: sometimes there are issues with bacteria or other contamination while sometimes there are potential allergen issues that can make some people very sick.
This week, we are seeing recall of the latter: related to unlisted allergens. Indeed, more than 99,000 pounds of chicken products are being recalled from a handful of stores across the country because of egg allergen concerns. Apparently VICS Acquisition has announced the recall of 1.5-pound bags of prepared chicken meal products over concerns that they contain egg, even though the potential allergen is not listed as an ingredient on the label.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, the chicken product would have been sold under the Happi Foodi Bloody Mary Inspired Chicken, Southeast Grocers Brand Marsala Chicken, and Southeast Grocers Brand Mediterranean Herb Chicken brands.
You may not be acquainted with Happi Food yet, as they only launched their frozen food line in 2018; available at Walmart stores all over the United States. In this recall, VICS Acquisitions has listed the 1.5-pound bags of Happi Foodi Bloody Mary Inspired Chicken with use by dates of March 2, 2020 and April 15, 2020.
Southeast Grocers, on the other hand, has been around a little longer. Actually, they are the parent company of several Southern grocery chains including Bi-Lo, and Winn-Dixie. This aspect of the recall affects all 1.5-pound Mediterranean Herb Chicken with a use by date of February 7, 2020 and March 4, 2020, as well as Southeast Grocers Brand Marsala Chicken product with use by dates of February 8, 2020 and March 3, 2020. These products could have been sold in Louisiana, North Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina, and Alabama.
Fortunately, the recall comes as the result of a simple review of the product label, on February 8. At the time of print, there have been reports of illness or any other adverse reaction in relation to the chicken products. Anyone who may be in possession of these chicken products should return them to the store or contact the manufacturer.