(PatrioticPost.com)- An American poultry company is recalling 148,000 pounds of its frozen cooked chicken patties over possible plastic contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced last week. Foster Farms, located in Livingston, California, produced the supply of chicken on August 11, according to The Epoch Times.
The patties are packaged in 80-ounce bags containing 20 pieces of breaded chicken with rib meat. They were recalled because they allegedly contained “hard clear pieces of plastic,” according to officials.
The patties were then shipped to Costco distribution centers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Utah, and Washington and may have been transferred over to retail locations.
The USDA first reported the contamination when Foster Farms contacted the agency to inform them that they had received several complaints from consumers who say they found plastic “embedded in fully” within the patties.
The bags in question would have a “best by August 11, 2023” expiration date, as well as an establishment number “P-33901” and lot code “3*2223**.” “7527899724” can be found underneath the barcode.
USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) reported that the plastic bits may be sharp enough to cause injury, although no injuries have currently been confirmed.
“Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider,” USDA said.
The recall has been labeled a “Class 1 high” indicating a “health-hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”
Consumers who have bought recalled products are urged not to eat them, but to throw them out or return them where they were originally purchased. Those with questions are recommended to call the consumer Hotline at 1-800-338-8051 or email the company at [email protected].
The patty recall comes after a study showed that microplastics were detected in the breast milk of women for the first time.
“In fact, the chemicals possibly contained in foods, beverages, and personal care products consumed by breastfeeding mothers may be transferred to the offspring, potentially exerting a toxic effect,” the study authors wrote.