USDA warns of contaminated Perdue chicken tenders

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The product has already been pulled from grocers' freezers

You may want to check out those Perdue frozen ready-to-eat chicken breast tenders before you pop them into the oven.

The Agriculture Department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) says they contain extraneous materials -- small pieces of clear plastic and blue dye to be exact.

While this is a concern, a recall has not been issued because the product isn't available for purchase anymore.

No confirmed reports of adverse reactions have been received.

The following product, subject to the public health alert, was produced on July 12, 2022:

  • 42 oz. plastic bags containing “PERDUE CHICKEN BREAST TENDERS GLUTEN FREE” with a “Best if Used By: 07 12 23” and a lot number of 2193 above the use by date.

The product in question bears establishment number “P-33944” immediately below the “Best if Used By:” date on the back of the plastic bag, and was shipped to B's Wholesale Club retail locations nationwide.

Several Perdue products have been recalled over the past several years, including Simply Smart Organics frozen chicken, and Fun Shapes Chicken Breast Nuggets -- both in 2019 -- because they contained allergens that were not declared on the label.

What to do

While the product is no longer being sold, FSIS worries that some consumers may have the product in their freezers.

If they do, they should not consume it, but discard or return it to the place of purchase.

Consumers with questions may call Perdue Foods at 866-866-3703.

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