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California Firm Recalls Cornish Game Hens For Mislabeling

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2003—San Miguel Meats, a Los Angeles, Calif., firm, is voluntarily recalling approximately 152,000 pounds of fresh and frozen young chickens, incorrectly labeled as Cornish game hens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.

The products being recalled are 9 to 19 lb. boxes of "LA REINA, GODORNIZ PARA ASAR, SMALL CHICKEN WOG." Each box bears the establishment number "EST. P-4937" inside the USDA seal of inspection. The young chickens may then be individually displayed by each retail store.

The products were produced from Sept. 4, 2002 through Jan. 2, 2003 and distributed to retail stores in southern California and Arizona.

"FSIS wants consumers to be aware of the recall," said Dr. Garry L. McKee, FSIS administrator. "Customers who have concerns about the misbranding of this product should return it to the point of purchase."

Consumers and media with questions about the recall may contact Salvador Flores, plant manager, at (626) 330-2359.

Consumers with food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at l-800-535-4555. The hotline is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.


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FSIS requires that labels must be informative, truthful, and accurate.

FSIS is responsible for verifying that labels bear mandatory features and other required information in a conspicuous and legible manner.

FSIS wants to ensure that incorrectly labeled products are kept out of consumers’ hands by identifying and removing them from the marketplace as quickly and efficiently as possible.

FSIS wants consumers to be aware of the possibility of economic adulteration and have sufficient information to identify such mislabeled products and take action.

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