If you have any frozen chicken products stocked away in your freezer, you might want to chuck them into the nearest garbage can. After recent consumer complaints of plastic being found in bags of chicken nuggets, the USDA has decided to recall 4.5 million pounds worth of poultry by Pilgrim’s Pride—the number one producer of chicken in the United States.
The massive recall is affecting brands such as Gold Kist Farms, Pierce and Sweet Georgia due to “extraneous materials” being found in items such as chicken nuggets, regular and breakfast patties, tenderloins, and popcorn-style products. While plastic was the original culprit, U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Services found Pilgrim chicken to be infested with other non-edible elements such as metal, rubber, and wood upon further investigation.
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While it is unclear how the extraneous materials got into the products, the USDA is urging consumers to either throw away their chicken items or return them to their original place of purchase. There have been no confirmed reports of health problems related to the recall, however, Pilgrim’s Pride fully-cooked chicken products are shipped directly to grocery stores and institutions nationwide, including schools.
There is no word yet on when the Waco, Texas company plans on returning its products to shelves, but a full list of recalled items can be found on the USDA website.
Back in March, over three million DiGiorno, Lean Cuisine and Stouffer products were also recalled because of broken shards of glass.