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More than 2 million pounds of chicken are being recalled because the poultry "may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal," the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Wednesday.

According to the USDA, Simmons Prepared Foods, based in Gentry, Arkansas, is recalling several of its ready-to-cook chicken products, which include chicken legs, wings and whole chickens.

The notice says the chicken was shipped "to institutions in Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania." Institutions can include restaurants, schools, hospitals and distributors. The recall doesn't include chicken sold in stores.

The items were produced between Oct. 21 and Nov. 4, according to the recall notice.

"Food safety is a very serious matter at Simmons," the company said in a statement Wednesday. "That is why Simmons has issued a precautionary and voluntary recall of approximately 2 million pounds of fresh and frozen chicken products ... We are working closely with regulatory authorities and affected customers to expedite this product recall."

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