Perdue recalls chicken sold in tri-state area

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WASHINGTON (PIX11) – Perdue is recalling more than 700 pounds of raw chicken because of a possible flaw in their processing, the company said.

The recall applies to 2.5-pound ice-packed, sealed packages of “COOKIN’ GOOD WHOLE YOUNG CHICKENS” with giblets and necks. They were distributed in 80-pound cardboard boxes, with about 28 chickens to a box marked with establishment number P-764.

The poultry was made Sept. 3 and shipped to a distributor in New York, the company said. It was meant for re-sale and foodservice use in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

Temperature differences among birds at a Perdue plant sparked an investigation into the cause. It turns out a worker turned the wrong water valve, using potable water instead of chill water in the system’s chiller and thus causing some chickens to be processed in the wrong temperature.

Chicken found in the warehouse that may have been affected by the mishap was destroyed, but nine cases were “inadvertently” shipped, the company said.

The recall, announced Saturday, has been dubbed a Class II, meaning there is a “remote possibility” that the product can make consumers sick.

No reports of illness have been connected to the chicken, the company said.

Questions should be directed to Perdue Consumer Affairs at 800-4Perdue (800-473-7383).