Did You Buy Whole Foods Chicken Salad? It Got Recalled (Photo)

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By Cooking Panda

If you have a container of Whole Foods’ buffalo chicken salad at home, you may want to throw it out.

The famous grocery chain is pretty well known for offering a reliably high standard of quality in exchange for the often high price tag, but it seems that even for them, mistakes happen — and I’m not talking about selling skinned fruit or halved avocados this time.

As it turns out, Massachusetts-based Willow Tree Poultry Farm issued a massive recall for their 12.5-ounce individual plastic containers labeled as “buffalo style chicken salad,” the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service announced on their website on July 1.

It is labeled as a Class I Recall with a high health risk. The USDA describes this recall classification as having “a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”

The news release notes that the recall affects approximately 440 pounds of tuna salad misbranded as chicken. It does not label the tuna — an allergen to some — on the package.

The affected products have the establishment number “P-8827” inside the USDA mark of inspection and were distributed to Whole Foods stores in Connecticut, New Jersey and New York.

“There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products,” notes the FSIS release. “Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.”

Still, the release urges those who bought the “chicken salad” to either throw the item away or return it to the store — just don’t eat it.

A Willow Tree spokesperson told Fox News that the chicken packages had accidentally been filled with cranberry-apple tuna salad and that the company provides some “private label” products to select Whole Foods stores and that only those items at approximately 35 stores were affected.

Fox News notes that Willow Tree also recalled more than 200 pounds of Whole Foods “chicken salad” in January after it was discovered to contain egg salad instead.

Sources: USDA FSIS, Fox News / Photo Credit: Osbornb/Flickr, USDA FSIS

Tags: buffalo chicken salad, recall, tuna instead of chicken, whole foods, Whole Foods mistake
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