FSIS issues health alert for ready-to-eat meat, poultry bowl products

FSIS issues health alert for ready-to-eat meat, poultry bowl products
Four Meal Simple products have been targeted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. (United States Department of Agriculture)

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service on Friday issued a public health alert for ready-to-eat meat and poultry bowl products, due to concerns that they may be contaminated with extraneous material, specifically glass.

In a news release, the FSIS said it was not issuing a recall because it is believed the products are no longer available for purchase.

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The ready-to-eat meat and poultry items were produced by Taylor Farms in Dallas on Monday and Tuesday, according to the news release.

Here are the products targeted by the FSIS in its public health alert.

  • 10-ounce plastic bowl package containing “MEAL SIMPLE SPAGHETTI SQUASH AND ALFREDO WITH CHICKEN” with lot code TFD279AU23 and best by 10/15/2020; or lot code TFD280AU23 and best by 10/16/2020.
  • 10-ounce plastic bowl package containing “MEAL SIMPLE SPAGHETTI SQUASH WITH CHICKEN & PESTO” with lot code TFD279AU23 and best by 10/13/20; or lot code TDF280AU23 and best by 10/14/2020.
  • 10-ounce plastic bowl package containing “MEAL SIMPLE SPAGHETTI SQUASH AND PEPPERONI” with lot code TDF279AU23 and best by 10/15/2020; or lot code TDF280AU23 and best by 10/16/2020.
  • 11-ounce plastic bowl package containing “MEAL SIMPLE SPAGHETTI SQUASH AND MEATBALLS” with lot code TFD279AU23 and best by 10/13/2020; or lot code TFD280AU23 and best by 10/14/2020.

The products bear establishment number “P-34733” or “EST. 34733” within the USDA mark of inspection. The products were shipped to retail locations in San Antonio and Houston. The problem was discovered when a Taylor Farms employee discovered pieces of glass in product during production.

FSIS officials said they were concerned that some of the products may still be in consumers' refrigerators. Consumers who have bought these items are urged not to eat them. The products should be thrown away or returned to the store where they were bought, the FSIS said.

Consumers with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or live chat via Ask USDA from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday. Consumers can also browse food safety messages at Ask USDA or send a question via email to MPHotline@usda.gov. For consumers that need to report a problem with a meat, poultry, or egg product, the online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System is available 24 hours a day at https://foodcomplaint.fsis.usda.gov/eCCF/.