Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. announced that the company is recalling more than 4.5 million pounds of fully cooked chicken products after consumer complaints and federal confirmation that they contain extraneous material including metal and plastic.
This week’s national recall of 4,568,080 pounds of fully cooked chicken products includes more than 20 products and three brands: Gold Kist Farms, Pierce Chicken and Sweet Georgia Brand. The chicken products were produced on various dates between Aug. 21, 2014, to March 1, 2016.”
Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. does not reference the recall on its website, which states that one in five chickens in the U.S. is from the company.
As of Tuesday it was not known if the chicken nuggets, patties and tenderloins were sold at retail locations, according to the recall notice on the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) website.
Second recall this month for same problem
Earlier this month Pilgrim’s Pride recalled more than 40,000 pounds of chicken nuggets because of similar consumer complaints. Those products were not sold at retail and were shipped for institutional use, nationwide. In addition to metal and plastic, the recalled chicken products may contain wood and rubber. The more than 20 products were distributed nationwide in 10-, 20- and 30-pound boxes packed with 5- and 10-pound clear plastic bags of chicken products.
The products’ “Use By/Sell By” dates range from 2015 to 2017.
Products recalled April 7 were all produced on Oct. 5, 2015. They were labeled as Gold Kist Farms “Fully Cooked Whole Grain Popcorn Style Chicken Patty Fritters” and shipped in 20-pound cardboard boxes, each with two 10-pound clear plastic bags of fully cooked chicken products. They can be identified by establishment number “EST. 20728” inside the USDA mark of inspection and by package codes of 5278105021, 5278105022, 5278105023, 5278105000, and 5278105001.
The list of Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. products recalled Tuesday, can be found HERE