Conagra Brands recalls canned meat and poultry products due to possible packaging defect

    Photo from the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service website

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The Alaska Department of Environment Conservation put out a food recall notice from the USDA for around 2.5 to 2.6 million pounds of canned meat and poultry, some of which has been confirmed to be distributed in Alaska.

    Conagra Brands, Inc., a Fort Madison, Iowa establishment, is recalling approximately 2,581,816 pounds of canned meat and poultry products due to a packaging defect that may cause the products to become contaminated without showing any outward signs of contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Friday.

    News of the North reporter Jordan Lewis talked with Environmental Program Manager Jeremy Ayers from the Food Safety and Sanitation Program.

    While a food recall can seem scary, Ayers said that food recalls happen quite frequently.

    "If you look on our website, we post them and you can scroll down and just see how many there are. You can also look at recalls through USDA or FDA and you can see, there's many companies that produce food and recalls do happen fairly frequently."

    The meat and poultry products were produced between December 12, 2022, and January 13, 2023. The following products are subject to recall: [view spreadsheet] [view labels].

    The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P4247” on the product cans. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

    The problem was discovered when the establishment notified FSIS after observing spoiled and/or leaking cans from multiple production dates at the establishment’s warehouse.

    Subsequent investigation by the establishment determined that the cans subject to recall may have been damaged in a manner that is not readily apparent to consumers, which may allow foodborne pathogens to enter the cans.

    There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider. 

    Ayers went over what a consumer should do if they have a recalled product.

    "Normally, you would either destroy that product so it can't be consumed. You could throw it away, open the can and throw it away, or you could return it to the place that you purchased it. There's also listed in the recall which is posted on our website some consumer safety lines that people can call if they want to ask USDA any particular questions about the product that they have."

    Ayers explained what to do if you think you've consumed a recalled product.

    "So first of all, if anybody thinks that they're experiencing foodborne illness, they can always call our foodborne illness hotline which is 907-764-YUCK. They can call or text that line, they can send pictures to that line. If they need help identifying the recalled product they could potentially take a picture of that and text it to the line for help. Otherwise, you know, just being vigilant and keeping an eye on The Alaska Food Safety and Sanitation page where recalls are posted so they can be aware of any food recalls happening so they don't accidentally consume something that may have been recalled."

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