Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. Expands Poultry Products Recall

Waco, Texas-based Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. has widened its recall of approximately 5,176,844 pounds of fully cooked chicken, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on May 6. The scope of the recall expansion now includes a variety of frozen items that may be contaminated with extraneous metal materials.

The chicken products were produced on various dates between May 6 and December 3, 2015. The following items are subject to recall:

  • 42.9-lb boxes containing six 5-lb clear bags of chicken and six 2.15-lb sauce packets of Green Dragon Fully Cooked Breaded Diced Chicken Leg Meat With a General Tso’s Sauce, with use by/sell by dates of 5/6/2016, 7/10/2016, and 8/6/2016, and packaging dates of 5/6/2015, 7/10/2015, and 8/6/2015.
  • 10-lb boxes containing two 5-lb clear bags of Sweet Georgia brand Fully Cooked Breaded Diced Chicken Meat with a use by/sell by date of 5/6/2016 and a packaging date of 5/6/2015.
  • Green Dragon logo42.9-lb boxes containing six 5-lb clear bags of chicken and six 2.15-lb sauce packets of Green Dragon Fully Cooked Breaded Diced Chicken Leg Meat With a Sweet Sriracha Glaze with use by/sell by dates of 5/6/2016 and 8/6/2016 and packaging dates of 5/6/2015 and 8/6/2015.
  • 42.9-lb boxes containing six 7.15-lb clear bags of Fully Cooked Seasoned Chicken Leg Meat Strips With Teriyaki Sauce with use by/sell by dates of 12/3/2016 and 8/10/2016 and packaging dates of 12/3/2015 and 8/10/2015.
  • 42.9-lb boxes containing 6six 5-lb clear bags of chicken and six 2.15-lb sauce packets of Green Dragon Fully Cooked Breaded Diced Chicken Leg Meat with a Japanese Cherry Blossom Sauce with use by/sell by dates of 5/6/2016 and 8/6/2016 and packaging dates of 5/6/2015 and 8/6/2015.
  • 42.9-lb boxes containing six 7.15 lb clear bags of 73002 Green Dragon Fully Cooked Seasoned Chicken Leg Meat Strips with New Orleans Brand Sauce with a use by/sell by date of 08/10/2016; and a packaging date of 08/10/2015.
  • 42.9-lb boxes containing six 5-lb clear bags of chicken and six 2.15-lb sauce packets of Green Dragon Fully Cooked Breaded Diced Chicken Leg Meat with a Tangerine Sauce with a use by/sell by date of 8/6/2016 and a packaging date of 8/6/2015.

Bohead Pilgrims PrideFounder Lonnie “Bo” Pilgrim is memorialized at the former headquarters of Pilgrim's Pride in Pittsburg, Texas, which today serves as a distribution center for the company now owned by JBS S.A. of Brazil, the largest meat processor in the world. (Photo courtesy of John Bonzo)Previously, on April 26, Pilgrim’s Pride Corp recalled approximately 4,527,300 pounds of fully cooked chicken nuggets produced on various dates from Aug. 21, 2014 to March 1, 2016. The following products are subject to recall: 

  • 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.
  • 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 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 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 Farms Fully Cooked Whole 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 Cooked Whole 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.
  • 10-lb boxes containing 5-lb clear bags of 92105 Sweet Georgia brand Fully Cooked Whole Grain Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets 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 92430 Sweet Georgia brand Fully 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 brand Fully 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 Bready 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 Braded Chicken Nuggets 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 brand Fully 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 brand Fully 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.

On April 7, 2016, Pilgrim’s Pride Corp recalled approximately 40,780 pounds of fully cooked chicken nuggets produced on Oct. 5, 2015. The following product is subject to recall:

  • gold kist farms logo20-lb. cardboard boxes containing two, 10-lb. clear plastic bags of fully cooked chicken nuggets labeled as Gold Kist Farms Fully Cooked Whole Grain Popcorn Style Chicken Patty Fritters with package codes 5278105021, 5278105022, 5278105023, 5278105000, and 5278105001.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 20728” inside the USDA mark of inspection. 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 problem was first discovered after the firm received several consumer complaints regarding plastic contamination of the chicken nuggets. The firm notified FSIS personnel of the issue on April 6. FSIS identified more affected product types and dates of production after investigating additional consumer complaints of foreign material contamination received by the recalling company.

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 in possession of the recalled products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.