Big Giblet Recall Down in Alabama

by 5m Editor
17 March 2008, at 10:33am

WASHINGTON, US - 943,000 pounds of poultry meat has been recalled from a plant in Collinsville, Alabama, after suspicions were raised that the disposition of the giblets had been made improperly.

Amongst the list of recalled products are both fresh and frozen giblets and fresh carcasses with inserted giblets.

Although carcasses were condemned, United States Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) could not verify that the associated viscera, including the giblets, were condemned and diverted for inedible purposes, and they are therefore adulterated.

Each shipping package bears the establishment number "P-548" inside the USDA mark of inspection, however these products were repackaged for consumer sale and will therefore not include the establishment's number.

The products were produced on various dates between Dec. 3, 2007 and March 12, 2008, and were distributed to institutions and restaurants nationwide.

The problem was discovered through FSIS inspection. In November 2007, the plant installed new evisceration sorting equipment which changed the previous practice of condemning all viscera. FSIS has been unable to confirm that the plant had properly sorted or disposed of viscera from condemned carcasses and therefore some of the inspected and passed products may have been commingled with viscera from condemned carcasses. FSIS has received no reports of illness at this time.

5m Editor