Poultry & Meat

Plastic Contamination Alarm Brings Banquet Chicken Strips Meal Recall

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Chicago, Illinois-headquartered Conagra Brands is recalling approximately 245,366 pounds of frozen Banquet Chicken Strips meal products that may be contaminated with pieces of plastic, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on September 2.

The entrees, packed in 8.9-ounce cartons, were produced on June 20, July 11 and July 17 of this year. They have “Best By” dates December 11, 2024; January 1, 2025, or January 7, 2025; and lot numbers 5009317120, 5009319220, or 5009319820 located on the side of the carton, as well as establishment number EST. P-9.

The meals, complete with sweet corn and creamy macaroni and cheese side dishes, were shipped to supermarkets and other retail grocery stores across the USA, and were also sold online.

The contamination problem was realized by the manufacturer after receiving a complaint of plastic in a chicken strip portion of the product from a consumer, which was said to have resulted in an oral injury associated with consumption of the entree.

Concerned that some of the packages in question may still be in home freezers, FSIS is urging consumers who have purchased the products not to consume the contents but to discard or return the packs to the place of purchase for a refund.