Well, we're a few weeks into the new year, so it's just about time for another food recall! To be honest, with the government shutdown entering its second month and services like food inspection halted, we're bracing ourselves for more and more recalls in the coming months. The most recent recall affects a food that plenty of families probably have in their freezers right now. Perdue Foods has issued a recall for approximately 68,244 pounds of frozen gluten-free chicken nuggets. The reason? Apparently, there is a possible contamination with pieces of actual wood.
The recall affects 22-ounce packages of Perdue's gluten-free SimpleSmart Organics breaded chicken breast nuggets. The chicken is sold at various retailers all over the country. Affected packages will be labeled with a best by date of 10/25/19, and UPC bar code 72745-80656. If your family is a fan of this particular brand of gluten-free nuggets, make sure you check any bags in your freezer!
So far, there have been reported cases of illness or injury associated with the possible contamination. The Food and Drug Administration says it was alerted to the problem when Perdue reported that it had received three complaints from consumers. The people who reported the issue told Perdue that they had found pieces of wood inside the bag of chicken.
If you have these in your fridge or freezer, the USDA is urging consumers to throw the product away, or return it to the place of purchase (products under a recall such as this can be returned to stores without proof of purchase, so don't worry if you don't have your receipt). You can also call Perdue with any questions or concerns at 1-877-727-3447. Toward the end of 2018, we saw a rash of recalls involving turkeys, but Perdue is not the first chicken company to be involved in a recall.
Last summer, Tyson Foods had to recall 3,000 pounds of frozen chicken because of a possible plastic contamination. And last fall, more than 450,000 pounds of frozen chicken were recalled by Wayne Farms because of a possible contamination with bits of metal. Make sure you check your freezer for any of these nuggets!