WASHINGTON (AP) _ A Georgia food processor is voluntarily recalling its Breaded Chicken-Fried Beef Slimsticks because the product may contain metal fragments, the Agriculture Department said Friday.

Zartic Inc., of Rome, Ga., recalled the product from institutional outlets and distributors in Oklahoma, Texas and Louisiana, said Donald L. Houston, administrator of the department's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

''However, we are making this announcement as a precaution in the event that there may be unaccounted contaminated product,'' he said.

Houston said the product has the code number 10867 and Establishment 703B printed on the carton.

A USDA laboratory confirmed finding quarter-inch and half-inch fragments in some of the product from one 750-case lot, he said. The product is sold in 10- pound cases. Examinations were made after schools in Oklahoma reported complaints of metal fragments.

Officials said the food products were not distributed under USDA's school lunch program but that some schools had bought the Slimsticks on their own.

A spokeswoman, Hedy Ohringer, said she couldn't be sure but believed the Slimsticks were not available in grocery stores or other retail outlets.