Recalls happen often for a number of reasons. Items can come into contact with harmful bacterial pathogens, like Listeria, or be missing an ingredient on the label. Most often, that missing ingredient is an undeclared allergen of some kind. The reality is that food production is still very much at the whim of human error, something that Pilgrim's Pride Corp. in Waco, Texas is handling this week after recalling about 101,310 pounds of ready-to-eat breaded chicken patties.
The recall was issued because these patties may contain extraneous materials, which the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on February 16, 2018. Per a press release from the USDA, the chicken patties were produced and packed on September 6, 2017. There is only one product subject to the recall.
- 30-lb. boxes with six 5-lb. 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.
The ready-to-eat chicken products in the recall bear establishment number "P-20728" inside the USDA mark of inspection, and these products were shipped to institutions and schools nationwide. A customer complaint, per the USDA release, was made on February 13, 2018, prompting the recall. There have been no reports of adverse reactions to the recalled products.
Customers who have purchased these products should not consume them and the products should be thrown away or returned to the place of original purchase. Consumers with questions and consumer complaints can reach out to James Brown, the customer relation's manager at Pilgrim's Pride Corp. at 1-800-321-1470.