Haverhill Prepared Foods Firm Recalls 6,000 Lbs. of Chicken

Hans Kissle Co., located in the Broadway industrial park. (WHAV News photograph.)

A Haverhill-based prepared foods company is recalling more than 6,000 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken due to potential bacterial contamination.

Hans Kissle Co., located in the Broadway industrial park, is collecting its microwavable ready-to-eat chicken bowls produced between Dec. 1 and last week.

“There have been no confirmed reports of illness or injury due to consumption of these products,” said a statement from U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. “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,” the statement added.

All of the items were labeled as “R Kitchen” brand and delivered to Roche Brothers Supermarkets in the Boston area.

The government’s food safety inspectors called the problem a “processing defect,” which could have led to the “potential survival of bacterial pathogens.” Inspectors discovered the problem during a routine inspection at the Haverhill plant.

The products subject to recall show the number “P-7573” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Bob Lijana, director of Quality Assurance and Food Safety, Hans Kissle Co., at 978-556-4500.