Walmart Just Recalled This Popular Deli Item
Almost 7,000 pounds of chicken salad has been recalled because packages could be mislabeled and contain undeclared allergens, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The Class I chicken salad recall affects nine states, including several Walmart locations in seven states.
Packs of 15 oz Willow Tree Premium White Meat Chicken Salad Classic may have been mislabeled during production and could contain Willow Tree White Meat Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad instead. If someone with an allergy to the ingredients in the Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad unknowingly consumes it, they could develop serious food allergy symptoms.
Walmart released the locations of the stores involved in the chicken salad recall — and the list is long. Supermarkets in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont could have sold the faulty product. The list of over 100 locations is available on Walmart's website. Other grocery retailers in those states plus Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C. also sold the chicken salad. (Here's more grocery news: the 8 Grocery Items That May Soon Be in Short Supply.)
FSIS says the investigation started when a customer filed a complaint that there were walnuts and cranberries in a package with a Classic Chicken Salad label. The containers in question were produced on September 2, and have a sell-by date of 9/30/20. There is also an establishment number of EST. P-8827 and a 13:00:00 to 17:00:00 timestamp.
A Class I recall is "a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death," according to the USDA. However, no illnesses are reported.
Any retailer in possession of the 15 oz packages should not sell them. Any customer who purchased it should not eat it, especially if they have a severe food allergy to any ingredients in the Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad.
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