Georgia Department of Agriculture

Recall of chicken nugget products due to possible foreign matter contamination


Georgia Department of Agriculture
Gary W. Black, Commissioner
19 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. SW
Atlanta, GA 30334

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Press Release
Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Recall of chicken nugget products due to possible foreign matter contamination

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgians to the recall of certain Perdue Foods chicken nugget products produced and sold in Georgia, because the products have the potential to be contaminated with extraneous plastic materials. Georgia Department of Agriculture (GDA) inspectors will be checking retail stores and warehouses to make sure the recalled products have been removed from sale. Here is the information via the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA):

Perdue Foods LLC, a Gainesville, Ga., establishment, is recalling approximately 4,530 pounds of chicken nugget products (produced for Applegate Farms) that may be contaminated with extraneous plastic materials, the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced.

The products included in the recall include Applegate Naturals Chicken Nuggets produced on Sept. 28, 2015, packaged in 8-ounce boxes containing approximately 18 chicken nuggets with a “Best Before” date of 09/27/2016. The products bear establishment number “P-2617” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The recalled items were shipped to retail distribution centers in Georgia, along with Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New York, and Texas.

The problem was discovered when the establishment received consumer complaints of small, solid, clear plastic inside the Applegate Naturals Chicken Nuggets. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase. Consumers and media with questions about the recall can contact Applegate Consumer Relations, 1-866-587-5858.

This is one of several recalls impacting Georgia this week. To view a comprehensive list or sign up for e-mail alerts, please visit If this recall expands or additional details become available, the website will provide the most up-to-date information. Also follow the GDA on Twitter @GDAFoodSafety for recall alerts and food safety tips.


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