Tyson Foods has issued a recall of more than 80,000 cases of chicken products, accounting for 2.5 million pounds of breaded poultry, after one of its suppliers recognized the presence in milk without indicating its presence in those products. While these products, mostly consisting of ready-made patties of breaded chicken meat, were only available to the service industry, they made it to over half of the states in the country. Notably, some of these products made their way into school cafeterias.
Despite Tyson’s proactive approach, neither it nor the United States Department of Agriculture have heard any instances of someone becoming sick from the relevant products since discovering the issue on the 6th of June. The notifying supplier believed that the problem resulted from the addition of milk to the bread crumbs used in breading poultry. The Tyson supplier who recognized the presence of milk in the company’s chicken products has not been identified by the company or the USDA.
The discrepancy in packaging issues seems to have triggered a snowball effect in recalls within the agricultural sector; as of June 8th, the United States Department of Agriculture has issued a series of serious recalls involving nearly four million pounds of food. June 8th saw Conagra Brands Inc., a rival company to Tyson Foods, recalled more than 700,000 pounds of spaghetti-and-meatball products.
Milk is commonly listed as a dietary allergen due to conditions like lactose intolerance. People who suffer from lactose intolerance have great difficulty when digesting lactose, the sugars contained within milk products. Should a person who suffers from lactose intolerance ever consume products containing lactose, he will begin to suffer from indigestion, intestinal discomfort, bloating or even diarrhea roughly 90 to 120 minutes after consuming such products. The two sources of food most known for lactose are dairy and certain foods, such as processed meats and gravies, that use it as an additive; hard cheese may be safely consumed by the lactose intolerant.