Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. is recalling more than 4.5 million pounds of fully cooked chicken products after consumer complaints and federal confirmation that they contain extraneous material including metal and plastic, according to Food Safety News.
The nationwide recall includes more than 20 products and three brands: Gold Kist Farms, Pierce Chicken and Sweet Georgia Brand. As of Tuesday it was not known if the chicken nuggets, patties and tenderloins were sold at retail locations, according to the recall notice on the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) website.
Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. does not reference the recall on its website, which states that one in five chickens in the U.S. is from the company.
“Pilgrim’s has the capacity to process more than 34 million birds per week for a total of more than 7 billion pounds of live chicken annually,” according to the corporate website. “JBS S.A. (a Brazilian company), the world’s largest protein company, owns 75.5 percent of our outstanding common stock.”
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