A frozen meal made by Hungry-Man was recalled due to concerns over salmonella, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
The “products may be contaminated with salmonella from whey powder that has been recalled by the producer of the ingredient,” said the USDA in a statement on July 20.
Officials said they are issuing a “public health alert out of the utmost of caution to ensure that consumers are aware that these products,” adding that these products shouldn’t be consumed.
The whey powder is an FDA-regulated product that’s recalled by Associated Milk Producers, Inc.
The product that is being recalled is 15.25-ounce individual frozen microwavable dinners with “Hungry-Man Chipotle BBQ Sauced Boneless Chicken Wyngz” printed on the label and has a best buy date of 9/6/19. The product also has the establishment number “EST. P138” or “P-138” on the side of the carton.
The product was shipped to retail locations in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, the USDA said.
“The problem was discovered on July 17, 2018, when Pinnacle Foods Inc. was notified by its supplier that the recalled whey powder ingredient was used in the ranch dressing seasoning supplied to the firm. The ranch dressing seasoning was incorporated into mashed potatoes and packaged as a component with a boneless chicken dinner,” according to the agency.
There have been no confirmed reports of illness due to consumption of the Hungry-Man dinners.
Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, which includes symptoms like diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the product. The illness lasts about four to seven days, the USDA noted.