Chicken Nuggets Recall for Possible Plastic

Gold Kist Nuggets Label. Source: USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service.
Gold Kist Nuggets Label. Source: USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. Recalls Poultry Products Due To Possible Foreign Matter Contamination

Released by Benjamin Bell,

Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., a Waco TX establishment, is recalling approximately 40,780 pounds of fully cooked chicken nugget products that may be contaminated with extraneous plastic materials, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced April 7, 2016.

The fully cooked chicken nugget products were produced on October 5, 2015. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 20-lb. cardboard boxes containing two, 10-lb. clear plastic bags of fully cooked chicken nuggets
    labeled as “GOLD KIST FARMS Fully Cooked Whole Grain Popcorn Style Chicken Patty Fritters.”

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. P-20728” inside the USDA mark of inspection and include package codes 5278105021, 5278105022, 5278105023, 5278105000, and 5278105001.

These items were shipped for institutional use to Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Utah.

The problem was discovered after the firm received several consumer complaints regarding plastic contamination of the chicken nuggets.  The firm notified FSIS personnel of the issue on April 6, 2016.

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.

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.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact James Brown, Consumer Relations Manager, at 800.321.1470.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at or via smartphone at The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline, 888.MPHotline (888.674.6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10am to 4pm Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

Recorded food safety messages are available. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at

This is a USDA “Class 1” recall, which means “This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.

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