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
"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
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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