Perdue has announced a recall of thousands of pounds of a popular chicken nugget product after wood was found in some packages nationwide.
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on Thursday that Perdue is recalling 68,244 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken nugget products that may be “contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically wood.”
According to the FSIS, the contaminated products were produced on Oct. 25 last year. The product subject to recall is 22-oz. plastic bag packages of frozen “Perdue SimplySmart Organics Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets Gluten Free” with “Best By: Date 10/25/19” and UPC Bar Code “72745-80656” represented on the label. The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-33944” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.
“The problem was discovered when the firm received three consumer complaints that wood was found in the product. A complaint was also reported to FSIS’ consumer complaint monitoring system. FSIS was notified by the firm on Jan. 17,” the FSIS reported. “There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.
“FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.”
Perdue described the recall as an isolated incident, stating that only a "minimal amount" of packages may contain pieces of wood. The company said it's recalling nuggets produced during the same production run “out of an abundance of caution.”
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