USDA recalls 4.5 million pounds of contaminated Pilgrim’s Pride chicken

The USDA recalled 4.5 million pounds of contaminated Pilgrim's Pride chicken.

The USDA recalled 4.5 million pounds of contaminated Pilgrim's Pride chicken. (4/27/16)

EDISON - The United States Department of Agriculture has recalled more than 4.5 million pounds of cooked chicken packaged by the company Pilgrim’s Pride due to contamination in the packaging. Some of the products were sold in New Jersey.

Pilgrim’s Pride sells food products to institutions like schools and hospitals. They are not sold in local grocery stores.

Federal meat inspectors found things like wood, plastic, rubber and metal inside of the packages. These items were then shipped nationwide under the brands Gold Kist Farms and Pierce and Sweet Georgia.

The items were sold between Aug. 21, 2014 and March 1, 2016.

A spokesperson for Pilgrim’s Pride tells News 12 New Jersey that about 215,000 pounds of the recalled products were sold to nine New Jersey distribution companies. These companies include: US Foods of Philadelphia in Bridgeport, Driscoll Foods in Clifton, Pomptonian Food Services in Fairfield, Glassboro Food Service in Glassboro, Maximum Quality Foods in Linden, Festival Ice Cream in Paterson, Mivila Foods in Paterson, the Paterson Public Schools Board of Education and PSG Philadelphia in Swedesboro.

A spokesperson for Paterson Public Schools says that none of the cases of chicken the district has in stock match the numbers on the recall list. However the district will be returning all of the cases of chicken as an extra precaution.

News 12 New Jersey is looking into exactly where the distributors sold the contaminated chicken. There have been no reports of anyone getting sick from eating any of the products.

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