Pilgrim & # 39; s Pride recalls 58,000 pounds of popcorn style chicken sold at Publix Super Markets after the consumer complained about the rubber in this product. The Texas company is the third largest poultry producer in recent weeks to recall a total of nearly 163,000 pounds of chicken possibly contaminated with foreign materials, or in these cases, rubber and wood.
The presence of foreign bodies in food is a very common reason for recalls in the United States; 10 of the last 50 months, about 20% of the time in the last six months, explained Benjamin Chapman, food security expert, at CBS MoneyWatch.
"I would not say it's a coincidence, if we went back ten years, it would be the same thing," said Chapman, an associate professor in the Department of Agricultural Sciences and Humanities of Canada. North Carolina State University, about the recent chain of foreign objects. showing in the chicken.
The recall of Pilgrim's Pride concerns 58,020 pounds of breaded chicken that may be contaminated with rubber, according to the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the Ministry of Agriculture and Agri-Food. United States. m said late Friday.
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The problem was discovered on January 30, when Publix employees informed Pilgrim's Pride of a consumer complaint about white rubber in their products, FSIS said. Although no injuries were reported, the agency said it feared that the recalled products would be stored in their freezers.
Sold between January 17 and January 31, the popcorn chicken was offered in hot and chilled boxes in the deli department of all Publix stores in Florida, the grocery chain told a newspaper. declaration. It has also been sold at some Publix stores in southern Georgia, southern and coastal South Carolina and southern Alabama.
Produced on January 4, 2019, the following product is in the process of being recalled:
- 20 lb. boxes containing 8 transparent sachets "CHEST BREAST CHEST FRITTERS NOT COOKED WITH COAST MEAT" with a date and lot codes "USE OF 10 01 2019" of 9004101012, 9004101013, 9004101014, 9004101016, 90041010, 410410410, 410410410, 1 9004101021, 9004101022, 9004101000 and 9004101001.
The products being recalled carry the "P-7091A" factory number inside the USDA inspection mark.
ad a recall of 36,420 pounds of chicken nuggets possibly contaminated with foreign materials, particularly rubber, as a result of consumer complaints. And, Lost Foods January 17th m said he recalled 68,244 pounds of chicken nuggets that could contain foreign matter, including wood.
Plastic and rubber are common products in food processing, whether integrated into a machine or into packaging. It would be reasonable to think that pieces would inadvertently roll over into chicken and other foods, Chapman said. He noted the notorious case of golf balls ending in frozen potato packagesPeople often hit golf balls in the fields and, given their similar size to potatoes, one could see how the scenario could happen, he explained.
"It's good news because the system is working and there's no disease," said Chapman, who said hard objects in food are a source of concern because they can cause choking or injury such as broken teeth.