Cooked chicken recalled after production line fault

Forresters Sales has recalled a batch of cooked chicken wings after a manufacturing error

Poultry processor Forresters Sales has been forced to recall a batch of cooked chicken wings, after a fault in a production line left some of the products undercooked.

The recall applied to 350g packs of Forresters’ Delamere British Hot & Spicy Roast Chicken Wings with a use-by date of July 9 2017 and the batch code 12250c.

Forresters director Heidi Nickson told FoodManufacture.co.uk that a fault in one of its cooking trays had preventing the chicken from cooking evenly.

“Upon investigation we found that one of the cooking trays on the production line had become slightly misshapen, which prevented correct cooking of some pieces of chicken. The damaged tray has been removed,” said Nickson.

“As soon as we were made aware of this issue, we took immediate steps to investigate and address it as quickly as possible. The health and safety of our consumers is of utmost importance and we take the quality and food safety of our products very seriously.”

Carried out refresher training

Forresters said it had carried out refresher training for its production line employees to help prevent the reoccurrence of undercooked chicken. The company apologised to its customers for any inconvenience caused.

In a statement on its website, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) said: “The microbiological safety of this batch has been compromised and this poses a risk to health, if the affected product is consumed.”

Consumers who have bought the affected product were advised not to eat it and instead return it to the store they were purchased to receive a full refund.

The past week also saw organic meat processor Daylesford recall batches of ham, after they were found to contain traces of Listeria monocytogenes.

Products affected by the recall included Rosemary & Thyme Roast Ham and Smoked Black Ham with the use-by dates July 20 and July 25 2017.

‘Precautionary measure’

Daylesford said it had recalled the hams as a “precautionary measure”, after it found traces of listeria in a small number of samples during a routine laboratory analysis.

Symptoms caused by listeria can be similar to flu and include high temperature, muscle ache or pain, chills, feeling or being sick and diarrhoea, according to the FSA.

The FSA advised consumers who had bought either of the products not to eat them and to return them to the store they were purchased from to receive a full refund.

Meanwhile, last month, Mars Chocolate UK and Mars Ireland recalled some Galaxy, Malteasers Teasers and Minstrels chocolate products, after routine testing revealed the presence of salmonella.

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