A Class I recall was issued for Pilgrim’s Pride since more than 4.5 million pounds of frozen chicken patties “may be contaminated with plastic, wood, rubber, and metal,” U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Tuesday. The possbily affected foods were produced on various dates from Aug. 21, 2014, to March 1, 2016.

A Class I recall is described as the following by the FSIS: “This 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.” Customers are urged not to consume the Pilgrim’s Pride products included in the recall.

The issue arose after the company received several customer complaints about plastic in the chicken nuggets. FSIS was notified of the problem April 6. After an investigation and more customer complaints, it was discovered that more materials contaminated the product. The recall was expanded Tuesday.

To get a possible refund, contact Pilgrim's Pride at (800) 321-1470 or the USDA’s meat and poultry hotline at (888) 674-6854. A different way for customers to get their money back is to return the product to the store where it was purchased. 

Listed below are the products included in the recall:

  • Gold Kist Farms Fully Cooked Whole Grain Breaded Chicken Nuggets Nugget Shaped Chicken Patties
  • Gold Kist Farms Menu Right Fully Cooked Whole Grain Breaded Chicken Nuggets Breaded Nugget Shaped Chicken Patties
  • Gold Kist Farms Fully Cooked Whole Grain Homestyle Breaded Strip Shaped Chicken Patties
  • Gold Kist Farms Fully Cooked Whole Grain Homestyle Breaded Breakfast Chicken Patties
  • Gold Kist Farms Fully Cooked Whole Grain Homestyle Breaded Chicken Patty
  • Gold Kist Farms Fully Cooked Whole Grain Hot & Spicy Breaded Chicken Patty
  • Gold Kist Farms Fully Cooked Whole Grain Popcorn Style Chicken Patty Fritters
  • Pierce Chicken Fully Cooked Breaded Chicken Tenderloins
  • Gold Kist Farms Fully Cooked Whole Grain Breaded Chicken Nuggets Nugget Shaped Chicken Patties
  • Gold Kist Farms Fully Cooked Whole Grain Home-style Breaded Chicken Nuggets Nugget Shaped Chicken Patties
  • Gold Kist Farms Fully Cooked Whole Grain Home-style Breaded Breakfast Chicken Breast Patties with Rib Meat
  • Gold Kist Farms Fully Cooked Whole Grain Breaded Chicken Patties
  • Gold Kist Farms Fully Cooked Whole Grain Home-style Breaded Chicken Patties
  • Gold Kist Farms Fully Cooked Whole Grain Hot & Spicy Breaded Chicken Patties
  • Sweet Georgia Brand Fully Cooked Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets Breaded Nugget Shaped Chicken Patties With Rib Meat
  • Sweet Georgia Brand Fully Cooked Breaded Chicken Tenderloins
  • Sweet Georgia Brand Fully Cooked Whole Grain Popcorn Style Chicken Patty Fritters
  • Sweet Georgia Brand Fully Cooked Whole Grain Hot And Spicy Breaded Chicken Patty
  • Sweet Georgia Brand Fully Cooked Whole Grain Breaded Chicken Nuggets
  • Sweet Georgia Brand Fully Cooked Whole Grain Breaded Chicken Breast Patties With Rib Meat

Pilgrim’s Pride describes itself as the following on their website: “To be the best in all we do, completely focused on our business, ensuring the best products and services to our customers, a relationship of trust with our suppliers, profitability for our shareholders and the opportunity of a better future for all of our team members.”

The company has not issued a statement about the recall. 

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