Pilgrim's Pride recalls 4.5 million pounds of chicken


(CNN)Pilgrim’s Pride is recalling over 4.5 million pounds of fully cooked chicken products.

The chicken – in boxes of whole-grain breaded nuggets, patties, breakfast patties, tenderloins and popcorn-style varieties – may be contaminated with “extraneous materials,” the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.

The materials include plastic, wood, rubber and metal, the USDA said in a news release today.

The products were sold in stores under the Gold Kist Farms, Pierce and Sweet Georgia brands. A complete list of the recalled products is available on the USDA website (PDF).



so glad I buy Mary’s Free Range chickens and avoid the breaded stuff.

Don’t they have better quality control in these companies?


A good sized poultry plant can produce that much chicken in a day.

And yet, this contamination was spread over a significant period of time, and in certain shipping cartons that represent a small portion of the overall production for a single day.

And contamination with plastic, metal or even rubber could happen in a poultry plant if a processing machine came apart. But quality control actually is good. There is no wood in a poultry plant other than perhaps the conference table in the office segment.

And USDA inspectors are present at every stage of production. If a machine came apart, that would be noticed immediately.

There is little doubt in my mind this happened through the deliberate actions of a person or persons who did this in an organized way and pretty cleverly. This kind of thing sometimes happens during union organizing drives. Could be a terrorist dry run, though. Food security has begun to tighten up a great deal in the last few years. But even so, there are things that can’t be prevented.


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