It’s bad enough that we have to worry about chicken tasting like rubber if we overcook it; now, we have to be concerned about biting into actual rubber while eating our favorite poultry dish. The world’s second-largest chicken producer just recalled approximately 101,310 pounds of chicken due to the possibility of bits of rubber contaminating the product, according to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
The recall, which affects ready-to-eat breaded chicken patties from Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation, began after the company received a complaint from a customer on February 13, 2018. So far, there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions from customers after consuming the products, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Considering the fact that one out of every five chickens in the United States comes from Pilgrim’s Pride, there’s a high chance that you or someone you know has one of the company’s products in the fridge or freezer right now. So even if you don’t think you purchased one of the recalled patties, it’s worth checking just to be sure.
The specific chicken patties in question were sold in 30-pound boxes containing six clear, five-pound bags. The label on the product reads “GOLD KIST FARMS, Fully Cooked Whole Grain Home-Style Breaded Chicken Patties,” and includes a case code of 72491050xx and a product code of 665400. The products also bear the establishment number “P-20728” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
Here’s the label you should be looking for:
(Photo Courtesy of USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service)
If you bought these chicken patties, it should go without saying that you shouldn’t eat them, but just in case that’s unclear, FSIS is urging you not to consume them. Instead, you should throw the products away or return them to the store where they were purchased. And even if you didn’t buy these patties yourself, it’s worth spreading the word to anyone you know who may have purchased them. Because these patties were also distributed to schools, it might also be worth your time to check in with your kids’ or grandkids’ schools to be sure administrators are aware, as well.
Let’s do our part to help keep our loved ones healthy and safe — and their meals rubber-free!
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