Almost 5 million pounds of chicken recalled over possible contamination


WACO, Texas Pilgrim’s Pride is recalling nearly 4.6 million pounds of chicken over ‘possible foreign matter contamination,’ according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The products ‘may be contaminated with extraneous materials, including plastic, wood, rubber and metal,’ the USDA announced Tuesday.

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Recall is expansion of prior one

The recall, which is an expansion of a previous recall announced earlier this month, includes 10-, 20- and 30-pound boxes of 5-pound bags of cooked chicken nuggets, patties and fritters, The Associated Press reports.

The items – sold under the brand names Gold Kist Farms, Sweet Georgia and Pierce – were produced from Aug. 21, 2014, and March 1, 2016, and are marked with establishment number ‘EST.20728.’

‘There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products,’ which were shipped across the country for ‘institutional use,’ the USDA said in a press release. That includes schools.

If you have any of the recalled products, do not eat them; either throw them away or return them to the place of purchase, the USDA said. For more information, call 1-800-321-1470.

Read more here.

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