Alabama Poultry Processor Recalls Giblets After USDA Inspection

A north Alabama poultry firm has voluntarily recalled about 943,000 pounds of various fresh and frozen poultry giblets and fresh carcasses with giblets inserted, the USDA announced, citing a potential health risk for the recall.

The recall by Cagle’s Inc. of Collinsville includes its giblets products produced from Dec. 3, 2007 and distributed to institutions and restaurants nationwide, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said in a statement.

The problem was traced to the company’s new equipment. Although carcasses were condemned, FSIS could not verify that the associated viscera, including the giblets, were condemned and diverted for inedible purposes, and they are therefore adulterated.

The problem was discovered by FSIS inspectors. No reports of illness related to the products have been received by FSIS.