More than 31,000 pounds of Perdue frozen chicken products have been recalled after reports of consumers finding “extraneous materials” in the meat. At least one person reported finding a bone in their nugget.
According to a report issued by the US Department of Agriculture, there were signs of contamination found after Perdue and the Food Safety and Inspection Service received complaints.
The recall included the following Perdue chicken products produced in March of this year:
- 11.2 oz. PERDUE Simply Smart ORGANICS BREADED CHICKEN BREAST TENDERS – GLUTEN FREE
- 12 oz. PERDUE Simply Smart ORGANICS BREADED CHICKEN BREAST NUGGETS – WHOLE GRAIN (various Case Code numbers)
- 10-lb. Chef Quik Breaded Chicken Tenders Boneless Tender Shaped Chicken Breast Patties with Rib Meat
- 10-lb. Chef Quik Chicken Breast Strips Strip Shaped Breaded Chicken Breast Patties with Rib Meat
So far, no reports have been filed concerning adverse reactions related to the consumption of any of the chicken products.
Perdue’s Vice President of Food Safety and Quality issued the following statement to PEOPLE concerning the recall:
“We are committed to producing the highest quality products, therefore, out of an abundance of caution, we have decided to recall all affected products that were produced during the same production run.”
In addition to pulling the product from the shelves, the Food Safety and Inspection Service is encouraging customers to throw the products out or return them to where they were purchased for a refund.
This is not the first major recall of Perdue chicken products in 2019. The company issued a recall in January concerning its Fun Shapes Refrigerated Chicken Breast Nuggets after the products were mislabeled and included ingredient lists that were inaccurate. There were also reports of wood scraps found in chicken nugget products that same month.
FDA Says Food Recalls on the Rise
2018 saw a significant increase in food recalls. Recalls issued included products sold at Trader Joe, Kroger, and other stores. The most significant food safety event that year included a massive recall of romaine lettuce tainted with E. coli. There were more than 20 recalls issued due to other food poisoning concerns throughout 2018.
But according to the FDA, this is actually good news.
FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb says the increase in recalls is occurring because technology has improved and is better able to link outbreaks to their sources. This means agencies and retailers are able to take action faster.
Unlike in the past, the CDC can test blood samples from infected patients and link the illnesses to their source, which can range from fresh vegetables to meat to prepared foods and other items purchased by consumers.
The FDA also points out that despite the increase in recalls, food is safer than it ever has been because of the Food Safety Modernization Act in 2011. The new law created a “paradigm shift” that enabled the agency to focus on preventing outbreaks instead of just reacting to them after they occur.
There is still room for improvement, but the FDA is confident consumers are safer than they’ve ever been.
Consumers with questions about the latest Perdue recall can call the Perdue Consumer Care line at (866) 866-3703.