Poultry & Meat

Rubber Contamination Concern Triggers Chicken Nuggets Recall

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Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation, a unit of Brazilian multinational JBS S.A., is recalling approximately 59,800 pounds of fully cooked breaded chicken breast nuggets that may be contaminated with flexible rubber material, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on June 28.

Produced on May 6, 2020, the products subject to recall were distributed in 4-lb. (64 oz.) family size plastic bags labeled fully cooked Pilgrim’s Chicken Breast Nuggets made with white meat, stamped with a Best-By date of 06 May 2021. Lot codes printed on packaging are as follows: 0127105009, 0127105010, 0127105011, 0127105012, 0127105013, 0127105014, 0127105015 or 0127105016.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-20728” printed on individual retail packages as well as product cases. These items were shipped to stores in Arizona, Idaho, Oregon and Texas.

The problem was discovered after Pilgrim Pride’s Waco, Texas office received a consumer complaint about foreign matter contamination. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of the chicken breast nuggets. Anyone worried about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

FSIS is concerned that packages may be in consumers’ home freezers. Shoppers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. They should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase for a refund.

For additional information, call Ed Tyrrell, consumer relations manager for Pilgrim’s Pride, at 1-800-321-1470, or the ring the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-674-6854.