Perdue Foods is recalling 68,244 pounds of gluten-free chicken nuggets sold nationwide because people found wood pieces in them. According to a KTLA news report, the ready-to-eat chicken nuggets were produced on Oct. 25, 2018, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service. The nuggets are gluten-free and have an expiration date of Oct. 25, 2019 and UPC Bar Code “72745-80656” on the label. The products were sent out to retail locations nationwide.
USDA officials said the problem was discovered when the firm initially got three complaints from consumers who found pieces of wood in the products. So far, the agency has not received any reports of illnesses due to consumption of these chicken nuggets.
They are urging anyone who feels ill or is concerned about health effects to see a doctor.
Officials are also warning consumers who have these products in their freezers to discard them. Perdue has described this as an “isolated incident” saying that only a minimal amount of packages may contain wood pieces. Yet, the company said it is recalling nuggets produced during the same product run out of an abundance of caution.
Perdue’s recall is the most recent one involving a major chicken company. In September, Wayne Farms recalled more than 450,000 pounds of frozen chicken because of possible contamination with metal pieces. And over the summer, Tyson Foods recalled 3,000 pounds of frozen chicken over possible plastic contamination.
The Danger of Contaminated Food
It is fairly common to see foreign object contamination in processed food. Such objects may include plastic, rubber, glass or metal that could get mixed in with food products during manufacturing or processing. Sharp fragments that contaminate food have the potential to cause serious injuries.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers a product adulterated if it contains a hard or sharp foreign object that measures 7 mm to 25 mm in length and is ready to eat or requires only minimal preparation steps that would not eliminate or neutralize the hazard before the food is consumed. Glass is the most frequently reported foreign material in food to cause illness or injury. Processed foods pass through various machines and conveyor belts before they get packaged and sold to consumers.
If you or a loved one has been sickened or injured by a contaminated food product, it is important that you contact an experienced product defect lawyer who will ensure that you are fairly compensated for your losses and that the negligent manufacturers are held accountable.