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Sanderson recalls 551,090 pounds of chicken

Jack Weatherly

Sanderson Farms, Inc. has voluntarily recalled 551,090 pounds of chicken products produced at its plant in Hazlehurst.

A sample of the products analyzed by a customer of the company and the U.S. Department of Agriculture was found to contain metal shavings. As a precautionary measure, the recall was issued, the company said in a release late Thursday.

The products involved in the recall were produced on Sept. 17 and 18. The company is aware of no injuries or adverse reaction caused as a result of consuming this product.

Mike Cockrell, treasurer and chief financial said that an ice-making machine malfunctioned and caused filings to get into the ice.

None of the products recalled were shipped to grocery stores or packed directly for consumers. The product included ice-packed chicken sold to three customers who further process into other products.

Some was sent to a hotdog maker in Georgia, and hotdogs containing the metal were made, though the company was able to prevent the product from reaching consumers, Cockrell said.

“This is the first recall of chicken made by the company in its 65 years,” Cockrell said.

Cockrell said that the recall should have no material effect on the company’s finances.

Laurel-based Sanderson is the third-largest poultry producer in the nation, with expectations of processing more than 3 billion pounds of meat in fiscal 2015.

Sanderson shares closed at $69.37 Friday on the Nasdaq stock market, down 61 cents.

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