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Foreign-matter contamination prompts Pilgrim's Pride recall

Pilgrim's Pride recalls chicken products. (Cutout Photo: James Palinsad / CC BY-SA 2.0)

Pilgrim's Pride has ordered a massive recall of cooked chicken products after consumers and federal meat inspectors found contamination by such foreign material as wood, plastic, rubber and metal.

The recall of more than 4.5 million pounds of fully cooked chicken products announced Tuesday is an expansion of a recall of almost 41,000 pounds of cooked chicken nugget products announced April 7. A statement from the U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture says the recall involves products bearing the establishment number "EST.20728" inside the USDA inspection mark.

The items were shipped nationwide for institutional use, and records from the Waco, Texas-based company show schools purchased the products through Pilgrim's Pride commercial channels.

No confirmed reports of adverse reactions from consumption of the products have been reported.

CLICK HERE, to see a complete list of the recalled products.

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