Peachtree Corners, Georgia-based Suzanna’s Kitchen is recalling approximately 15,408 pounds of grilled chicken products due to testing that found traces of thallium. The recall pertains to 8-ounce boxes of ready-to-eat, gluten-free grilled chicken strips. The problem was discovered when the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services tested retail packages of Nature Raised Farms Organic Gluten Free Grilled Chicken Strips and found concentrations of thallium in the product.
Thallium (TI) is a chemical element that becomes a tin-like metal when isolated. It's frequently used in semiconductor and optics manufacturing, as well as in small amounts to make glass. Consuming large amounts can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, temporary hair loss, and effects on the nervous system, lungs, heart, liver and kidneys. In some cases it has caused death.
According to the Food Safety and Inspection Service, the concentration levels do not present an immediate health hazard. FSIS is working with the involved parties to identify the source of the contamination and prevent any further product from getting to market. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products, but some product could still be in consumer's homes.