Plastic Shards Lead to “Natural” Chicken Nuggets Recall
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, (FSIS), one of the largest chicken producers in the country has announced a voluntary recall of more than 15,000 pounds of fully-cooked, frozen chicken nuggets because they received a number of complaints from customers who found small pieces of hard plastic inside the nuggets.
The chicken nuggets were produced under the name “Applegate Naturals Chicken Nuggets.” While Applegate Naturals is an independently owned brand, the product is distributed by Perdue, which is ranked as the third largest poultry producer in the world.
The recall affects 8-oz. packages of the chicken Nuggets, which were produced on Feb. 5, 2014, and feature a “best before” date of Feb. 5, 2015. the packages bear the establishment number “P2617” inside the USDA Mark of Inspection. The chicken nuggets were distributed through supermarket chains nationwide, including Safeway, Whole Foods, as well as a number of smaller chains featuring natural and organic foods.
So far, while the company has received numerous complaints from consumers, neither the company nor FSIS have received any reports of illness or injury as a result of consuming these products. However, the FSIS is advising that anyone concerned about an injury or illness due to consuming these products should contact a healthcare provider immediately.
In a press release, Applegate Naturals explained that the raw chicken for their nuggets was stored in plastic containers before being placed into a grinder. Apparently, a piece of plastic broke away from one of the containers and mixed with some of the chicken. They note that this is an isolated incident and that no other chicken product is impacted.
According to FSIS, the company pulled the chicken nuggets off store shelves on August 8, before the recall was announced, but they were on the market for several months, so, as part of the recall, they are asking consumers who may have purchased these nuggets to check their freezers.
If you have some of these chicken nuggets in your freezer, immediately return them to the store for a full refund. If you believe you are loved one has been injured by one of these products, see a medical professional immediately and then contact the Texas Food Contamination Lawyer at Hill Law Firm as soon as possible. We have experience handling food contamination cases against some of the largest companies throughout the United States. If you or a loved one has been injured or died as a result of any sort of food contamination, please call the Texas Food Contamination Lawyer at Hill Law Firm today, so that we can help you protect your rights.