The company is recalling 4.6 million pounds of chicken for potential contamination with foreign materials.
Attention, parents: Check your freezer for Pilgrim's Pride chicken ASAP!
According to the USDA, the company has recalled 4,568,080 pounds of fully cooked chicken products due to the possibility of contamination with plastic, wood, rubber, and metal. The nationwide recall was initiated after numerous consumers complained, although luckily, no injuries have been reported.
Over 20 different products, which were produced between August 21, 2014, and to March 1, 2016 (yes, two years!!), may be contaminated. Check the USDA's site for a full list, but the recalled items include 10-, 20-, and 30-pound boxes of Gold Kist Farms, Sweet Georgia Brand, and Pierce whole-grain-breaded chicken nuggets, patties, and popcorn-style fritters. That's right parents; our go-to meal on a busy weeknight, chicken nuggets, may be affected.
The best way to check to see if your Pilgrim's Pride chicken is recalled is to look for the establishment number "EST.20728" inside the USDA mark of inspection. If you see that number on your chicken packaging, you should toss the chicken immediately, or return it to the store where you purchased it for a refund. Customers who have questions about the recall can call (800) 321-1470.
Meanwhile, Pilgrim's Pride has committed to retraining employees involved in production, according to a statement.
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