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USDA Recall Report: December 2023

Meat, egg, and poultry recalls for the month.

Kristen Kazarian

January 3, 2024

4 Min Read
USDA Recalls December 2023
There were 7 recalls in December, which is up a couple from November.Image courtesy of Eduardo Soares / Unsplash

There were seven recalls by the USDA’s Food Safety & Inspection Service in the month of December. November saw five, and October had 11.

Out of the seven recalls, two were due to possible Listeria contamination, one was due to an undercooked product, one was due to misbranding/undeclared allergen, one was due to possible foreign matter inclusion, and two were due to the potential of E. coli contamination.

Misbranding/Undeclared Allergen

  • A public health alert was issued for ready-to-eat product labeled as birria-inspired beef soup due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen. The product may actually contain plant-based chicken noodle soup, which contains sesame, a known allergen, and is not declared on the product label. A recall was not requested because the products are no longer available for purchase. The RTE product labeled as birria-inspired beef soup that may contain plant-based chicken noodle soup was produced on Nov. 18, 2023. The product is 24-oz. plastic cups labeled “Whole Foods Market Kitchens Birria-Inspired Beef Soup with Hominy” with Use By 01/02/24 and lot code 11183. The top of the plastic cups may be labeled “Whole Foods Market Kitchens Plant-Based Chicken Noodle Soup made with plant-based protein. Does not contain chicken.

Undercooked Product

  • Wayne Farms of Decatur, AL, is recalling approximately 1,377 lb of ready-to-eat chicken breast products that may be undercooked. The RTE chicken breast items were produced on Oct. 16, 2023 and include: 9-lb. cardboard boxes containing 12 packs of 3 “Chef’s Line Fired Grilled Chicken Breast” with lot codes of 3723289239002 and 3723289239003 with Use By 01/14/24 on the label.

Possible Foreign Matter Inclusion

  • Simmons Prepared Foods Inc. of Van Buren, AR, is recalling approximately 26,550 lb of TGI Fridays boneless chicken bites products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of clear, hard plastic. Complaints came in stating consumers found pieces of hard plastic under the product’s bread coating. The product affected is 15-oz. carton containing "TGI Fridays Boneless Chicken Bites Honey BBQ Chicken” with lot code KL3K03 and Best Buy Date of 12/26/24 on the side of the carton.

Listeria Contamination

  • Pelleh Poultry Corp., Swan Lake, NY, is recalling approximately 708 lb of ready-to-eat beef and poultry products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The RTE beef and poultry products were packaged on various dates from Oct. 25, 2023, through Nov. 20, 2023. Products include apricot ginger chicken, beef jerky, beef frans, beef smoked brisket, chicken franks, corned beef, duck and more. The whole list of recalled products can be found here.

  • Garland Ventures, a Garland, Texas, establishment, is recalling approximately 13,842 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) chicken fried rice products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes. The RTE chicken fried rice product was produced on Nov. 10, 2023. Subject to the recall are 12-oz. trays containing Freshness Guaranteed brand “Chicken Fried Rice Diced Chicken Meat with Vegetables and Rice in a Savory Soy Sauce” with lot code WK10CFR and a best by date of 11/10/2024.

E. Coli Contamination

  • Valley Meats of Coal Valley, IL, is recalling approximately 6,768 lb of raw ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7. The raw ground beef items were produced on Dec. 22, 2023, and affected products include: 12-lb. box package containing “Angus Ground Beef Patties” with product code 1208PL and Use By 01/15/2024; 16-lb. box packages containing “Angus Ground Beef Patties” with product code 1253PL and Use By 01/15/2024; 28-lb. box package containing “Ground Beef Patties” with product code 72287 and Use By 01/15/2024; 28-lb. box packaging containing “Ground Beef Patties” with product code 72287 and Use By 01/15/2024; 24-lb. box packaging containing “Ground Beef Patties” with product code 72284 and Use By 01/15/2024; 13.5-lb. box packaging containing “Ground Beef Patties” with product code 1103, Use By 01/15/2024; 20-lb. box packaging containing “Ground Beef” with product code 8515 and date code 231222; and 40-lb. box packaging containing “Ground Beef” with product code 8020VP and date code 231222.

  • Scanga Meat Co., Salida, CO, is recalling approximately 563 lb of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O103. The raw ground beef products were produced on Dec.11, 2023, and include: 6-lb. plastic tubes containing “It’s a treat to eat Scanga Meat Our Regular Ground Beef” and may have lot code 3345; 6-lb. plastic tubes containing “It’s a treat to eat Scanga Meat Our X-L Ground Beef” and may have lot code 3345; 1-lb. plastic chubs containing “Scanga Meat Hamburger” and may have lot code 3345; and 1-lb. plastic trays containing “It’s a treat to eat Scanga Meat Ground Round” and may have lot code 3345.

If you find recalled products in your facility, contact the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service.

About the Author(s)

Kristen Kazarian

Managing Editor

Kristen Kazarian has been a writer and editor for more than three decades. She has worked at several consumer magazines and B2B publications in the fields of food and beverage, packaging, processing, women's interest, local news, health and nutrition, fashion and beauty, automotive, and computers.

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