Ajinomoto Foods North America is recalling approximately 172,692 pounds of chicken fried rice products that may be contaminated with pieces of plastic, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on November 22.
The frozen Yakitori Chicken with Japanese-style Fried Rice ready meal is packed in 54-ounce (153-gram) paperboard boxes containing six nine-ounce bags that have been distributed to retail and wholesale outlets in Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey and Texas.
Produced from July 9 and July 11 of this year at Ajinomoto’s Oakland, Mississippi plant, the products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-34708” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Identification codes are 3559007, 3559008, 3559015, 3559190, 3559191, and “best by” dates are 1/7/2020, 1/8/2020, 1/15/2020, 7/9/2020 and 7/10/2020.
The contamination issue was raised after the company received consumer complaints. The firm then notified FSIS of the situation.
There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone worried about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.
FSIS is concerned that some packages may be in consumers’ home freezers. People who have purchased the Yakitori Chicken Japanese-style Fried Rice packs in question are urged not to consume the contents. The products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase for a refund.
Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Willis Hwang, the consumer affairs manager at Ajinomoto Foods North America, Inc., by phoning 503-361-5003, or e-mailing him at Willis.Hwang@ajinomotofoods.com.