It's time to check your freezer for this food item. Hafiz Foods, Inc., a Houston, Texas establishment, is recalling approximately 675 pounds of chicken samosas that contain poultry produced without the benefit of federal inspection, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced late last week.

The ready-to-cook, frozen chicken samosas were produced from May 2020 to June 29, 2020. According to the press release, the following products are subject to recall :

  • 12-oz. box packages labeled “RAZA FOODS Chicken Samosa” with date codes 05/21, 06/21, or 0527021 through 062921 (inclusive).
  • 12-oz. box packages labeled “TAZA CHICKEN SAMOSAS” with date codes 05/21, 06/21, or 0527021 through 062921 (inclusive).
  • 100-oz clear plastic bags containing approximately 100 chicken samosas that do not bear any labeling or codes.
USDA

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 44163” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The boxed items were shipped to retail and deli locations in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia. The plastic bag items were donated to community organizations in the Houston, Texas area in May and June 2020.

USDA

The problem was discovered when FSIS conducted routine in-plant verification activities and the agency determined that the ground chicken used in the samosas was not federally inspected.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ freezers.  Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers and members of the media with questions about the recall can contact Hosel Bana, Owner, Hafiz Foods, Inc., at (832) 593-7272.

Consumers with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or live chat via Ask USDA from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Consumers can also browse food safety messages at Ask USDA or send a question via email to MPHotline@usda.gov. For consumers that need to report a problem with a meat, poultry, or egg product, the online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at https://foodcomplaint.fsis.usda.gov/eCCF/.

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