Fresh chicken back on shelves in Italy after bacteria scare
April 16, 2008
Fresh chicken is back on commissary shelves in southern Italy.
The chicken was pulled in late February after a routine inspection of the Arena Chicken processing plant turned up traces of coliform bacteria in water used to clean chickens after they were gutted.
There was no product recall because veterinary and commissary officials said the chicken posed no health risks if properly cooked.
The company was reinspected March 20 after its officials notified the Army’s Europe Regional Veterinary Command that they had corrected the problem, according to Phil Tegtmeier, spokesperson for Europe Regional Veterinary Command.
“We got the test results back April 3, and the vendor was reinstated April 8,” Tegtmeier said.
Shipments to Italian commissaries resumed April 14, according to Defense Commissary Agency-Europe officials.
In the absence of fresh chicken, extra shipments of frozen chicken were ordered to keep up with demand, according to Naples commissary director Jim Carnes.
Several shipments of fresh poultry arrived from Arena Chicken on Tuesday.
“We’ve got 50 cases coming in [Tuesday], 47 more for Thursday and 71 for Saturday,” Carnes said.