The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has officially announced yet another recall, Perdue’s dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets due to “undeclared allergens” and other misrepresentations of ingredients. In this case, to be specific, chicken nuggets contain milk which is actually described by the USDA as a “known allergen,” but is not labeled on the packaging for these nuggets.
As of right now, the affected packages include the 12 oz. of “PERDUE Fun Shapes Chicken Breast Nuggets” with a use by date of March 11, 2019, and lot codes 17009010 – 19009010. They were shipped out to several states including Connecticut, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Perdue did release a statement announcing the recall and, thankfully, they’re happy to report that “there have been no reports of adverse reaction or illness associated with this product.” Jeff Shaw, Perdue’s Vice President for Quality Assurance, still reinstates that they’ve moved forward with the recall out of caution for their customers after a proper investigation was held.
USDA’s recall notice further explains just how they found out about this mislabeling. “The problem was discovered when a retail store notified the company of an incorrect label… The establishment investigated and determined that the incorrect back label was applied to the product. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.”
Despite no cases coming forward of customers being affected by the recall, the USDA has listed this recall as a Class I, which is the highest level of cause for concern. Class I formally indicates that “this is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”
This isn’t Perdue’s first recall of its food either. Just last week, Perdue issued another recall on their chicken nuggets for the alleged discovery of pieces of wood in their food.
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It’s important to remember how serious recalls are, even if they don’t seem all that dangerous. If you find that you’ve fallen victim to a recalled product, return it to the store in which you bought it to get your money back or simply toss the food. Stay safe, not sick!
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Check out the news coverage below on the Perdue recall from last week: