Pilgrim’s Pride recalls 4.5 million pounds of chicken products

Published: Apr. 26, 2016 at 6:36 PM CDT
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Pilgrim Pride’s Corp., is recalling 4.568 million pounds of fully cooked chicken products that may be contaminated with such material as plastic, wood, rubber and metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Wednesday.

The recalled products, which were distributed to institutions including schools, were produced on various dates between Aug. 21, 2014 and March 1, 2016.

They display the Waco plant's establishment number "EST.20728" inside the USDA inspection mark.

The recall announced Tuesday represents an expansion of an earlier recall of about 41,000 pounds of cooked chicken nuggets on April 7.

The problem was discovered after Pilgrim’s Pride received consumer complaints about plastic contamination of chicken nuggets.

The company notified the FSIS on April 6.

“There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products,” the agency said.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products are urged not to consume them, but instead throw them away or return them to the place of purchase, the FSIS said.