After nearly 55,000 pounds of chicken bites products produced by Overhill Farms were pulled from store shelves on Saturday, parents might be wondering how to know if their Yummy Spoonfuls toddler food was recalled. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the voluntary recall over the weekend after discovering that some products may be contaminated with extraneous substances — specifically bones.
"We learned from one of our suppliers that a small number of Yummy Spoonfuls products may contain chicken bone fragments," Alastair Dorward, CEO of Yummy Spoonfuls, told Romper in a statement. "While the risk is low, the health and wellness of our children and customers is paramount, so we have proactively withdrawn the affected chicken bites from store shelves, and have voluntarily issued a recall in collaboration with USDA."
Of course, with any food recall, it’s important to look extra carefully at what’s in your kitchen so that you can feed your little one without worry.
Here's how to figure out if you have any of the recalled products:
The recalled Yummy Spoonfuls frozen chicken bites — marketed as organic food for toddlers — were produced on Aug. 30, 2016, Feb. 1, 2017, Feb. 9, 2017, and April 25, 2017, according to the USDA.
You can also see the labels here and what the products look like in the image below:
Specifically, the following products were included in the recall and should be tossed immediately if they're in your freezer:
- 3 oz. boxes of “yummy spoonfuls chicken carrot bites,” with expiration dates of Feb. 1, 2018, Feb. 9, 2018, and April 26, 2018.
- 3 oz. boxes of “yummy spoonfuls chicken sweet potato bites,” with expiration dates of Feb. 1, 2018 and Feb. 9, 2018
- 3 oz. boxes of “yummy spoonfuls chicken broccoli bites,” with expiration dates of Aug. 30, 2017, Feb. 20, 2018, and April 10, 2018.
- 30 lb. bulk cases of Overhill Farms brand “FULLY COOKED ORGANIC CHICKEN BROCCOLI BITES CHICKEN AND VEGETABLE PATTY,” with the packaging date Aug. 30, 2016 and case code "320422"
- 30 lb. bulk cases of Overhill Farms brand “FULLY COOKED ORGANIC CHICKEN CARROT BITES CHICKEN PATTIES WITH CARROTS AND CAULIFLOWER,” with the packaging date Feb. 9, 2017 and case code "320460"
- 30 lb. bulk cases of Overhill Farms brand “FULLY COOKED ORGANIC CHICKEN SWEET POTATO BITES CHICKEN PATTIES WITH SWEET POTATOES, QUINOA & PEAS,” with packaging dates Feb. 9, 2017 and April 25, 2017 and case code "320430"
The affected items were shipped to Target locations nationwide, so another way for parent to help identify which ones were recalled is by looking at the establishment numbers — “P2824,” “P6009,” or “P44058” — inside the USDA mark of inspection.
If you do happen to find these items in your home, consumers are advised to throw them away or return them to their place of purchase.
"If you have Chicken Sweet Potato Bites, Chicken Carrot Bites, or Chicken Broccoli Bites at home in your freezer, please return them to Target for a full refund or exchange, or contact us for a product replacement coupon," the Yummy Spoonfuls statement also noted.
It continued, "We are not aware of any adverse effects from our customers who have eaten the Bites, but the wellbeing of our customers, and the freshness, safety and quality of our food matters most, and we can never be too careful."
To date, the USDA is also not aware of any reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. However, if you have any concerns about the recall, consumers are urged to contact Yummy Spoonfuls customer care team at (844) 986-6948 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.