Pilgrim's Pride issues nationwide recall for select chicken patties

Contaminated patties branded under Gold Kist Farms label

By Megan Newhard - Intern

More than 100,000 pounds of chicken was recalled after it was discovered that it could be contaminated by rubber.

Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Services announced Friday that the contaminated batch of Pilgrim's Pride Corporation's chicken patties were produced and packaged on Sept. 6, 2017.

The recall applies to 30-pound boxes with six 5-pound clear bags containing "GOLD KIST FARMS, Fully Cooked Whole Grain Home-style Breaded Chicken Patties," with a case code of 72491050xx and a product core of 665400.

The recalled products are marked with establishment number "P-20728" inside the USDA mark of inspection, and were shipped nationwide.

The issue was discovered due to a customer complaint received on Feb. 13. The contamination was due to an equipment failure at the facility.

There have been no confirmed reports of negative reactions caused by eating the contaminated products. Customers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them, but to dispose of them or return them to the place of purchase.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact James Brown, consumer relations manager at Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., at 1-800-321-1470. Media with questions about the recall can contact Cameron Bruett, head of media relations at Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., at 970-506-7801.