One of the largest chicken producers in the world has recalled more than 50 tons of ready-to-eat patties that may be contaminated with rubber bits.
A customer reportedly filed a complaint against Pilgrim's Pride Corp., a Waco, Texas, …
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A customer reportedly filed a complaint against Pilgrim's Pride Corp., a Waco, Texas, establishment that has a plant in Sumter County, on Feb. 13 that the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced may affect 101,310 pounds of breaded chicken patties as part of the Class I recall.
"Pilgrim's Pride distributed the product to institutions, including schools," USDA wrote in a news release. "Although the product was sold through the USDA commodity program, the introduction of the foreign material was due to an equipment failure at the facility."
There is no indication the Sumter County plant, which is on U.S. 15 South, was involved. Pilgrim's Pride says on its website it is the second-largest chicken producer in the world with operations in 14 states, Mexico and Puerto Rico and the capacity to process more than 34 million birds per week.
The patties - 30-pound boxes with six 5-pound clear bags containing "Gold Kist Farms, Fully Cooked Whole Grain Home-Style Breaded Chicken Patties" with a case code of 72491050xx and a product code of 665400 were produced and packed on Sept. 6, 2017, according to USDA.
"There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products," USDA said. "Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a health care provider."
Customers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them, the release said. They should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
A Class I recall is the highest risk classification. It means there 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."
Consumers with questions about the recall can contact James Brown, consumer relations manager at Pilgrim's Pride Corp., at 1(800) 321-1470.
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