The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has expanded the amount of chicken products being recalled by the Chilean Ministry of Health.
After official notification from the Chilean government of the positive result for dioxin in chicken products produced at a facility in San Vincente on May 30 and June 12, the FSIS instructed importers to hold chicken products, which were presented for reinspection. Analysis by the FSIS of the Chilean test results determined that the risk to consumers is “negligible,” although the agency continues to investigate distribution of the product. Nevertheless, the FSIS said that recent shipments of poultry produced at the facility are considered adulterated and should be destroyed.
The FSIS has determined that 343,637 pounds of chicken may be affected and 155,595 pounds are currently being held. Through checks, the FSIS has also determined that 188,042 pounds of chicken products were distributed to federal establishments for further processing, as well as to a distributor and retail locations in Florida, Georgia, New York, Pennsylvania and Puerto Rico.
The Chilean Ministry of Health and Ministry of Agriculture oversee the recall activities and investigations in Chile. The FSIS said it continues to verify through checks that all receivers of affected products from the Chilean-initiated recall have been notified and have removed the chicken products from commerce.