Pilgrim’s Pride issued a recall of 4.5 million pounds of chicken product due to complaints by customers of foreign matter in chicken products. Although no injury has been reported in connection with the recall of the Pilgrim’s Pride chicken product, consumers are reminded to avoid eating these products. Any food that is part of a recall such as this can be returned to the place of purchase for a refund.
It has been reported that plastic, wood, rubber and metal pieces were found in some chicken from Pilgrim’s Pride. The initial report was by a consumer claiming to find plastic in chicken nuggets. Following this complaint, a investigation uncovered plastic, wood, rubber and metal pieces in popcorn chicken, chicken nuggets and patties.
Gold Kist Farms, Pierce Farms and Sweet Georgia Brand products were mentioned as part of this chicken recall. Details shared by the United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (often referred to as the FSIS) let consumers know this is considered a Class I recall. The FSIS defines a Class I recall as the following:
This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
The FSIS site gives more details about the recalled chicken products as well as a chart that shows all of the products involved with this recall. Those with more questions can call 800 321-1470 to reach someone in Consumer Relations.
The FSIS also has a virtual representative referred to as “Ask Karen” which may offer an easier way for consumers to get answers to their questions. This virtual representative is available 24 hours a day. Languages offered through “Ask Karen” at this time are and English and Spanish.