The largest chicken producer in the United States has recalled millions of pounds of cooked chicken product.
Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation—also known as Pilgrim’s—announced on April 26 that “4,568,080 pounds of fully cooked chicken products” are subject to a Class I recall.
According to the USDA‘s website, a Class I recall “is a health hazard situation” where the use of the product “will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”
Materials including plastic, wood, rubber, and metal may have contaminated chicken products that were produced for almost a two year period: August 2014 through March 2016.
Pilgrim’s Pride’s records show that the defective products have been shipped nationwide and have been purchased by schools.
This massive recall is an expansion of an April 7, 2016 recall of chicken nuggets, amounting to a total of 40,780 pounds of product.
Contamination was discovered after Pilgrim’s Pride received “consumer complaints of foreign material contamination” and alerted the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service on April 6, 2016.
Pilgrim’s Pride proudly states on their website that they supply 1 in every 5 chickens in America.
While, as of April 27, there have been no reports of illness or adverse health reactions, consumers are urged not to ingest the products and to discard them or return them to the place of purchase.