Two more companies recall chicken products

By Janna Herron, USA TODAY

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(USA TODAY) — Pilgrim’s Pride is recalling 58,020 pounds of uncooked breaded chicken due to possible rubber contamination. Taylor Farms is also issuing a recall for about 2,100 pounds of mislabeled chicken items that contain a known allergen.

The companies join Perdue Foods and Tyson Foods Inc. this week in recalling chicken products. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the most recent recalls on Friday and Saturday.

The Pilgrim’s Pride recall is for frozen, uncooked breaded chicken produced on Jan. 4. The chicken was shipped to Publix Super Markets in Florida for its deli food service.

The company discovered the problem on Wednesday after a store employee received a complaint from a shopper who discovered rubber in the chicken. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions from people eating the chicken, the USDA said.

The 20-pound boxes of chicken contain eight clear bags of “UNCOOKED POPCORN STYLE CHICKEN BREAST CHUNK FRITTERS WITH RIB MEAT” and have a “USE BY 10 01 2019” date.

The recall affects packages with lot codes 9004101000, 9004101001 and 9004101012-9004101022. The chicken products have the establishment number P-7091A inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Anyone who bought the chicken should throw it out or return it to the store, the USDA said. If you have questions about the recall, the USDA recommends calling Pilgrim’s Pride at 800-321-1470.

Pilgrim’s Pride did not return USA TODAY’s requests for comment.

The Taylor Farms recall

The Taylor Farms recall is for the ready-to-eat HEB Roasted Spaghetti Squash with Alfredo & Chicken, which were incorrectly labeled as Chile Relleno and contain wheat not listed on the label. Wheat is a known allergen.

The recall is for 10-ounce tray packages that are labeled “HEB-MEAL SIMPLE CHILE RELLENO” with use-by dates of Feb. 4, Feb. 5, Feb. 7, Feb. 8 and Feb. 9 and lot codes of TFD025AU4, TFD026AU4, TFD028AU4, TFD029AU4 and TFD030AU4.

The chicken products, which were produced on various dates from Jan. 25-30, have the establishment number EST. 34733 on the shipping container. The items were shipped to distribution centers and stores in Texas.

The company discovered the problem on Friday. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions from people eating the mislabeled items.

“The safety and well-being of our customers is our most urgent priority. We are grateful for the continued confidence our customers have in us, and are disappointed that this batch of products was mislabeled,” a company statement said. “We are moving as fast as possible to remove all recalled items.”

Anyone who bought the recalled packages should throw out the items or return them to the store. If you have questions about the recall, the USDA recommends calling Taylor Farms at 855-455-0098.

Week of chicken recalls

The end-of-week recalls follow two other high-profile ones earlier this week.

On Monday, Perdue Foods issued a recall for more than 16,000 pounds of refrigerated chicken nuggets because of an undeclared allergen and an incorrect UPC code. Less than two weeks earlier, the company put out another chicken nuggets recall because consumers found wood in them.

Tyson Foods also recalled approximately 36,420 pounds of chicken nuggets on Tuesday because the products may be contaminated with rubber.

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