A Texas firm has recalled more than 100,000 pounds of chicken products due to a “possible foreign matter contamination,” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., based in Waco, recalled “approximately 101,310 pounds of ready-to-eat breaded chicken patties that may be contaminated with extraneous materials,” namely rubber, said the USDA.
The chicken patties were produced and packed on Sept. 6, 2017.
The products subjected to the recall are 30-pound boxes with six 5-pound clear bags that contain “GOLD KIST FARMS, Fully Cooked Whole Grain Home-Style Breaded Chicken Patties.”
They have a case code of 72491050xx and a product code of 665400. The establishment number “P-20728” is inside the USDA mark of inspection.
The products were shipped around the United States.
“The problem was discovered after the firm received a customer complaint on Feb. 13, 2018. Pilgrim’s Pride distributed the product to institutions, including schools,” the USDA release stated. “Although the product was sold through the USDA commodity program, the introduction of the foreign material was due to an equipment failure at the facility.”
Consumers who bought the item are urged not to eat them. They should be either thrown away or returned to the store where they were bought.
The USDA classified the recall as “Class I,” which means that “this is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”