Perdue Foods, Salisbury, Maryland, is recalling approximately 720 pounds of raw, fresh chicken products because they may have experienced a processing deviation in temperature during production, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said.                                                        

The products subject to the recall include: 80-pound cardboard boxes, containing approximately 28, 2.5-lb. ice-packed, sealed packages of “Cookin’ Good Whole Young Chickens” with giblets and necks.                            

The products were produced September 3, 2014 and then shipped to a New York distributor for re-sale and foodservice use in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. The packages bear the establishment number “P-764” on the box.

The company discovered the problem when a plant employee checking whole bird temperatures noticed variations in the product. Upon further investigation it was found that a plant worker turned the wrong water valve, using potable water instead of chill water in the system’s chiller. The company notified FSIS of the incident. The product found in the firm’s warehouse was destroyed. However nine cases inadvertently shipped into commerce.

FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider. Consumers with questions about the recall may contact Perdue Consumer Affairs at +1.800.473.7383.