The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued a public alert for certain chicken salad sold under the Trader Joe’s brand because of possible contamination with pieces of hard plastic.

There is concern that consumers have the ready-to-eat chicken/slaw product in their homes because it has use-by dates running through March 12, according to the public alert issued today.

“The problem was discovered when an FSIS inspected establishment received notification from their salad dressing supplier that the salad dressing, which is regulated by FDA, may contain hard plastic,” according to the alert. “The establishment then notified FSIS of the issue. FSIS and FDA are coordinating on this issue. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.”

The chicken salad is a product of R&G Fine Foods Inc. of Northridge, CA, and has an establishment number of P-6247 printed inside the USDA mark of inspection on the label. The implicated product was shipped to retail locations in Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah.

Consumers can use the following label information to determine whether they have the chicken salad in their homes: 12-ounce plastic tray packages containing “Trader Joe’s CRUNCHY SLAW with Chicken, Crispy Noodles & Peanut Dressing” and a use by date of 03/09/22, 03/10/22, 03/11/22, or 03/12/22.

The chicken salad was produced on March 3, 4, 5 and 6.

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

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