Poultry Maker Expands Chicken Recall to Nuggets

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) - A voluntary recall of thousands of pounds
of ready-to-eat chicken has been expanded over concerns that the
meat could be contaminated with bacteria that can cause food
poisoning.

Colorado-based Pilgrim's Pride on Tuesday announced the recall
now includes about 7,000 pounds of Pilgrim's Pride Brand Fully
Cooked Chicken Breast Nuggets that were shipped to dozens of Dollar General stores in the following states: West Virginia, Tennessee, Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Georgia, Florida and Alabama.

The recall began last week over fears that more than five tons
of ready-to-eat chicken was potentially tainted by Listeria
monocytogenes.

The Center for Disease Control classifies listeriosis as a
serious infection that primarily affects older adults, pregnant
women, newborns, and adults with weakened immune systems.

Pilgrim's says it is not aware of any reported illnesses.

The newly recalled product was sold in 2-pound bags and carries
the best-by date of June 2, 2012, and UPC number 77013 16224. It
was produced in the Pilgrim's plant in Mt. Pleasant, Texas. Pilgrim
officials say the company is working closely with Dollar General to
locate all of the recalled product.

"Food safety is our top priority and we take product recalls
very seriously," said Kendra Waldbusser, senior vice president of
food safety and quality assurance.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection
Service announced the recall of two of the company's products
Thursday.

The first was nearly 400 pounds of Fully-Cooked Grilled Chicken
Breast Fillets with Rib Meat made at Pilgrim's plant in Waco,
Texas, and distributed through Columbus, Ohio.

Also, recalled was nearly 11,000 pounds of Sweet Georgia Brand
Fully-Cooked Breaded White Chicken Nuggets Shaped Patties produced at Pilgrim's plant in Mt. Pleasant and sent to distribution centers in New Jersey and Texas.

The problem was discovered during on-site internal testing at
each plant.

Pilgrim's employs approximately 42,000 people and operates
chicken processing plants and prepared-foods facilities in 12 U.S.
states, Puerto Rico and Mexico.

Consumers may contact Pilgrim's at 1-800-321-1470.


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