Empire Recalling Some Chicken Cutlets from Costco and Trader Joe’s

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Empire Kosher is voluntarily recalling several lots of boneless chicken cutlets that were distributed to select Costco and Trader Joe’s stores, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced.

An Empire employee recently found a piece of metal in a chicken breast, which Empire says occurred “due to an equipment malfunction.”

Thus far, there have been no confirmed reports of any customers discovering metal in their chicken, or of any adverse reactions due to consumption of Empire chicken, the USDA said. Nevertheless, “out of an abundance of caution,” Empire said it is recalling the following lots of chicken cutlets:

Costco: Empire Kosher Chicken Boneless Breast Cutlet Chill Pack, 4 to 5.25-lbs. tray packages

with case code 46375 and “Sell By” date 11/14/17.

Trader Joe’s: Empire Kosher Chicken Cutlet Chill Pack, 1 to1.25-lbs. tray packages with case code 92615 and “Sell By” date 11/17/17.

Additionally, Empire said it is recalling three lots of chicken cutlets it shipped to Wegmans Food Markets. However, a Wegmans representative told Hamodia that Wegmans received information about the recall prior to placing the products on shelves, so none of the recalled products were sold to customers. The three lots of recalled cutlets shipped to Wegmans were:

— Empire Kosher Chicken Cutlet Chill Pack, 1 to 1.25-lbs. tray packages with case code 7888 and “Sell by” date 11/16/17.

— Empire Kosher Chicken Cutlet Chill Pack, 2.5-lbs. tray packages with case code 7598 and “Sell by” date 11/16/17.

— Empire Kosher Thin Sliced Boneless Chicken Breasts, 1 to 1.25-lbs. tray pack, with case code 7488 and “Sell by” date 11/16/17.

Customers who purchased the recalled products should return them to their place of purchase, or contact Empire at (800) 570-5718, Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM and Friday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.


Updated Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 6:17 pm