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Listeria Test Prompts Pilgrim’s Pride Recall

Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. is recalling approximately 11,240 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken nuggets and other products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) reported Wednesday.

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The problem was discovered as a result of on-site internal testing at two of its Texas establishments — in Mount Pleasant and Waco.

The company says it has received no reports of illness in connection with the products. 

Being recalled are:

 

‚Ä¢ 10 lb. boxes containing 2 5-lb bags of “Sweet Georgia Brand Fully Cooked Breaded White Chicken Nuggets Shaped Patties”

‚Ä¢ 30 lb. boxes containing 6 5-lb bags of “Pilgrim’s Pride Fully Cooked Grilled Chicken Breast Fillet with Rib Meat” 

The “Chicken Nugget Shaped Patties” have a date code of 11471010 inkjetted on the box, and bear the establishment number “P-7091A” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Each 5-lb bag is marked with the date code and “P-7091A.” These products were produced on May 27, 2011 and shipped to distribution centers in New Jersey and Texas for further distribution to food service institutions.

The “Grilled Chicken Breast Fillet with Rib Meat” has a date code of 11801050 and a use-by date of Dec. 26, 2011 inkjetted on the box, and bears the establishment number “P-20728” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The inner bags are marked with the code date and Use By Date. These products were produced on June 29, 2011 and shipped to a distribution center in Ohio, for further distribution to food service institutions.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact the company’s representative, Cheri Schneider, at 800-321-1470

On Oct. 12, 2002, deli products made at a Pilgrim’s Pride plant in Franconia, PA were the source of an outbreak of listeriosis that killed seven people, sickened 46 and caused three miscarriages. Pilgrim’s Pride recalled 27.4 million pounds of sliced deli poultry after Listeria monocytogenes was found in a drain at the Franconia facility. At that time, the recall was the largest ever in the U.S. 

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