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Pilgrim’s Pride recalls 4.5 million pounds of chicken products

logo-Pilgrim's-Pride-chickenPilgrim’s Pride Corp. is recalling more than 4.5 million pounds of fully cooked chicken products after consumer complaints and federal confirmation that they contain extraneous material including metal and plastic.

The nationwide recall includes more than 20 products and three brands: Gold Kist Farms, Pierce Chicken and Sweet Georgia Brand. As of Tuesday it was not known if the chicken nuggets, patties and tenderloins were sold at retail locations, according to the recall notice on the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) website.

Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. does not reference the recall on its website, which states that one in five chickens in the U.S. is from the company.

“Pilgrim’s has the capacity to process more than 34 million birds per week for a total of more than 7 billion pounds of live chicken annually,” according to the corporate website. “JBS S.A. (a Brazilian company), the world’s largest protein company, owns 75.5 percent of our outstanding common stock.”

Second recall this month for same problem
Earlier this month Pilgrim’s Pride recalled more than 40,000 pounds of chicken nuggets because of similar consumer complaints. Those products were not sold at retail.

“These items were shipped for institutional use nationwide. According to Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. records, schools have purchased products through the company’s commercial channels,” the FSIS reported regarding the 40,000-pound April 7 recall.

This week’s recall of 4,568,080 pounds of fully cooked chicken products “includes a variety of chicken products associated with extraneous material contamination,” FSIS reports.

“The chicken products were produced on various dates between Aug. 21, 2014, to March 1, 2016.”

Consumer complaints to Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. spurred the company to initiate the April 7 recall. The company notified the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s FSIS of the complaints on April 6.

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“FSIS personnel identified more affected product types and dates of production after investigating additional consumer complaints of foreign material contamination received by the recalling firm,” according to the recall notice. “There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

“Consumers who have purchased the recalled products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.”

In addition to metal and plastic, the recalled chicken products may contain wood and rubber. The more than 20 products were distributed nationwide in 10-, 20- and 30-pound boxes packed with 5- and 10-pound clear plastic bags of chicken products.

The products’ “Use By/Sell By” dates range from 2015 to 2017.

Additional identifying information including production dates, case codes and specific “Use By/Sell By” dates for each recalled product can be found here.

Products recalled April 7 were all produced on Oct. 5, 2015. They were labeled as Gold Kist Farms “Fully Cooked Whole Grain Popcorn Style Chicken Patty Fritters” and shipped in 20-pound cardboard boxes, each with two 10-pound clear plastic bags of fully cooked chicken products. They can be identified by establishment number “EST. 20728” inside the USDA mark of inspection and by package codes of 5278105021, 5278105022, 5278105023, 5278105000, and 5278105001.

The list of Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. products recalled Tuesday, as posted on the FSIS recall notice, is as follows:

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•30-lb boxes containing 5-lb clear bags of “6116 Gold Kist Farms Fully CookedWhole Grain Breaded Chicken Nuggets Nugget Shaped Chicken Patties” with use by/sell by dates of 10/23/2016 and 03/01/2017, and packaging dates of 10/23/2015 and 03/01/2016.

•20-lb boxes containing 5-lb clear bags of “6145 Gold Kist Farms Menu Right Fully Cooked Whole Grain Breaded Chicken Nuggets Breaded Nugget Shaped Chicken Patties” with use by/sell by dates of 05/28/2016, and 04/27/2016 and packaging dates of 05/28/2015 and 04/27/2015.

•30-lb boxes containing 5-lb clear bags of “6253 Gold Kist Farms Fully Cooked Whole Grain Homestyle Breaded Strip Shaped Chicken Patties” with use by/sell by dates of 04/27/2016 and 08/06/2016, and packaging dates of 04/27/2015 and 08/06/2015.

•30-lb boxes containing 5-lb clear bags of “6353 Gold Kist Farms Fully Cooked Whole Grain Homestyle Breaded Breakfast Chicken Patties” with use/by sell by dates of 09/17/2016 and 09/21/2016 and packaging dates 09/17/2015 and 09/21/2015.

•30-lb boxes containing 5-lb clear bags of “6654 Gold Kist Farms Fully Cooked Whole Grain Homestyle Breaded Chicken Patty” with use by/sell by dates of 05/11/2016, 06/05/2016, and 08/21/2015, and packaging dates of 05/11/2015, 06/05/2015, and 08/21/2014.

•30-lb boxes containing 5-lb clear bags of “66660 Gold Kist Farms Fully Cooked Whole Grain Hot & Spicy Breaded Chicken Patty” with use by/sell by date of 07/18/2016 and packaging date of 07/18/2015.

•20-lb boxes containing 5-lb clear bags of “69160 Gold Kist Farms Fully Cooked Whole Grain Popcorn Style Chicken Patty Fritters” with use/by sell by dates of 08/19/2016 and 09/25/2016, and packaging dates of 8/19/2015 and 09/25/2015.

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•10-lb boxes containing 5-lb clear bags of “70340 Pierce Chicken Fully Cooked Breaded Chicken Tenderloins” with a use by/sell by dates of 09/28/2016, 09/25/2016, and 11/09/2016, and packaging dates of 09/28/2015, 09/25/2015, and 11/09/2015.

•30-lb boxes containing of 5-lb clear bags of “612100 Gold Kist Farms Fully Cooked Whole Grain Breaded Chicken Nuggets Nugget Shaped Chicken Patties” with use by/sell by dates of 07/11/2016, 11/09/2016, and 11/25/2016 and packaging dates of 07/11/2015, 11/09/2015, and 11/25/2015.

•30-lb boxes containing 5-lb clear bags of “615300 Gold Kist Farms Fully Cooked Whole Grain Home-style Breaded Chicken Nuggets Nugget Shaped Chicken Patties” with  use by/sell by dates of 10/08/2016, 10/09/2016, 10/03/2016, 10/20/2016, 11/24/2016, 10/01/2016, 10/16/2016, 10/14/2016, and packaging dates of 10/08/2015, 10/01/2015, 10/16/2015, 10/09/2015, 10/03/2015, 10/20/2015, 11/24/2015, and 10/14/2015.

•30-lb boxes containing 5-lb clear bags of “625300 Gold Kist Farms Fully Cooked Whole Grain Home-style Breaded Chicken Strip Shaped Chicken Patties” with a use by/sell by date of 10/16/2016, and a packaging date of 10/16/2015.

•20-lb boxes containing 5-lb clear bags of “633100 Gold Kist Farms Fully Cooked Whole Grain Home-style Breaded Breakfast Chicken Breast Patties with Rib Meat” with a use by/sell by date of 10/03/2016, and a packaging date of 10/03/2015.

•30-lb boxes containing 5-lb clear bags of “662100 Gold Kist FarmsFully CookedWhole Grain Breaded Chicken Patties” with  use by/sell by dates of 10/07/2016 and 08/13/2016, and packaging dates of 10/07/2015 and 08/13/2015.

•30-lb boxes containing 5-lb clear bags of “665400 Gold Kist Farms Fully CookedWhole Grain Home-style Breaded Chicken Patties” with  use by/sell by dates of 10/06/2016, 07/24/2016, 07/01/2016, 07/25/2016, 08/29/2016, 09/12/2016, 12/02/2016, 12/21/2016, and packaging dates of 10/06/2015, 07/24/2015, 07/01/2015, 07/25/2015, 08/29/2016, 09/12/2016, 12/02/2016, 12/21/2016.

•30-lb boxes containing of 5-lb clear bags of “666600 Gold Kist Farms Fully Cooked Whole Grain Hot & Spicy Breaded Chicken Patties” with use by/sell by dates of 10/08/2016, 09/29/2015, 09/30/2016, and packaging dates of 10/08/2015, 09/29/2015, 09/30/2015.

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•10-lb boxes containing 5-lb clear bags of “92105Sweet Georgia Brand FULLY COOKED WHOLE GRAIN BREADED CHICKEN BREAST NUGGETS BREADED NUGGET SHAPED CHICKEN PATTIES WITH RIB MEAT” with a use/by sell by date of 05/28/2016, and a packaging date of 05/28/2015.

•10-lb boxes containing 5-lb clear bags of “92430Sweet Georgia BrandFULLY COOKED BREADED CHICKEN TENDERLOINS” with use by/sell by dates of 09/28/2016, 11/09/2016, and packaging dates of 09/28/2016, 11/09/2016.

•10-lb boxes containing 5-lb clear bags of “93406 Sweet Georgia BrandFULLY COOKED WHOLE GRAIN POPCORN STYLE CHICKEN PATTY FRITTERS” with a use by/sell by date of 05/28/2016 and a packaging date of 05/28/2015.

•10-lb boxes containing 5-lb clear bags of “94208 Sweet Georgia Brand FULLY COOKED WHOLE GRAIN HOT AND SPICY BREADED CHICKEN PATTY” with a use by date of 07/18/2016 and a packaging date of 07/18/2015.

•10-lb boxes containing 5-lb clear bags of “96965 Sweet Georgia Brand FULLY COOKED WHOLE GRAIN BREADED CHICKEN NUGGETS NUGGET SHAPED CHICKEN PATTIES” with a use by/sell by date of 10/14/2016 and a packaging date of 10/14/2015.

•10-lb boxes containing 5-lb clear bags of “96971 Sweet Georgia BrandFULLY COOKED WHOLE GRAIN BREADED CHICKEN BREAST PATTIES WITH RIB MEAT” with a use by/sell by date of 10/08/2016 and a packaging date of 10/08/2015.

•10-lb boxes containing 5-lb clear bags of “96973 Sweet Georgia Brand FULLY COOKED WHOLE GRAIN BREADED CHICKEN PATTIES”with use by/sell by dates of 07/24/2016, 07/01/2016, 12/02/2016, 09/12/2016, and packaging dates of 07/24/2015, 07/01/2015, 12/02/2015,09/12/2015.

•10-lb boxes containing 5-lb clear bags of “96978 Sweet Georgia BrandFULLY COOKED WHOLE GRAIN HOT AND SPICY BREADED CHICKEN PATTIES” with use by/sell by dates of 10/08/2016 and 9/30/2016, and packaging dates of 10/08/2015 and 9/30/2016.

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