Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Oscar Meyer Chicken Breast Strips Recalled Due To Salmonella

The drumroll for tainted food continued Monday with a nationwide recall of Oscar Mayer chicken breast strips for bacterial contamination.
The recall by Carolina Culinary Foods of West Columbia, S.C., involves 52,650 pounds of fully cooked chicken breasts produced on Jan. 9 and distributed nationwide to retailers.

The six-ounce packages are labeled "OSCAR MAYER/LOUIS RICH CHICKEN BREAST STRIPS WITH RIB MEAT, GRILLED, FULLY COOKED -- READY TO EAT." Each package has the number "P-19676" inside the USDA inspection mark on front and a use-by-date of "19 Apr 2007" on back.

This past week we have seen recalls of peanut butter, baby food, cantaloupes, and now chicken breast strips for contamination. As much as the free market idolatry crowd in the Bush administration might despise it, we need vigorous food safety laws and inspections. I hope that the congress decides to take a look at what is going on and determine what needs to be changed to prevent so many foods creating so many problems.