A frozen meal from the brand Hungry-Man has been recalled due to salmonella concerns, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). On Friday, FSIS issued a public health alert regarding concerns of products being contaminated with salmonella in whey powder that’s been recalled by the ingredient’s producer.
The Hungry-Man microwavable dinners that have been recalled are 15.25 ounce “Chipotle BBQ Sauced Boneless Chicken Wyngz” with a “best buy” date of 9/16/19. Pinnacle Foods Inc., which produces the meals, and voluntarily recalled them after being notified by its supplier that the recalled whey powder ingredient had been used in the ranch dressing seasoning supplied to it. The seasoning was added into the mashed potatoes and also packaged with the boneless chicken dinner.
The recalled product has an establishment number of either “EST. P138” or “P-138” on the side of the carton. The meals in question were shipped to retail locations in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Virginia. If you have purchased the dinners, FSIS urges you not to eat it. You should throw them away, or return them to where you bought them.
So far, there have been no confirmed reports of reactions after eating the product, but you should contact a doctor if you have health concerns. Eating food contaminated with salmonella can cause salmonellosis, which is one of the most common bacterial food borne illnesses, per the USDA. The most common symptoms, lasting usually 4 to 7 days, include diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fever.
Per the USDA, “Additional FSIS-regulated products containing the recalled whey powder may be added to this public health alert as more information becomes available.” We’ve already seen quite a few recalls lately, including Kellogg’s Honey Smacks, Ritz Crackers, Pepperidge Farm’s Goldfish Crackers, and most recently, Taco Bell Cheese Dip.
If you have any of the recalled products, do not eat them. Throw them away.