Wood, plastic, rubber contamination prompts Pilgrim's Pride chicken recall

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

WACO, Texas -- Pilgrim's Pride has ordered a massive recall of cooked chicken products after consumers and federal meat inspectors found contamination by such foreign material as wood, plastic, rubber and metal.

The recall of more than 4.5 million pounds of fully cooked chicken products announced Tuesday is an expansion of a recall of almost 41,000 pounds of cooked chicken nugget products announced April 7. Stores sold the items under the Gold Kist Farms, Pierce and Sweet Georgia brands.

A statement from the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture says the recall involves products bearing the establishment number "EST.20728" inside the USDA inspection mark.

The items were shipped nationwide for institutional use, and records from the Waco, Texas-based company show schools purchased the products through Pilgrim's Pride commercial channels.

No confirmed reports of adverse reactions from consumption of the products have been reported.

The chicken products were produced on various dates between Aug. 21, 2014, to March 1, 2016. Customers are advised to throw out any of the recalled food out or return it to where it was purchased.

The following products are subject to recall: