Nearly 60,000 Pounds of Chicken Nuggets Have Been Recalled for Potential Rubber Contamination

Chicken nuggets are a staple in our household. Why? Because kids. While we like chicken nuggets, our kids seriously love them. While sometimes we like to make them ourselves to make them a little healthier, we usually have a bag of store-bought nuggets in the freezer for quick meals for our sometimes picky eaters.

If you have a bag of chicken nuggets in your freezer, it might be recalled. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a recall for 4 pound bags of the product Pilgrim’s Fully Cooked Chicken Breast Nuggets. The recalled nuggets have a best buy date of May 6, 2021, and they have number P-20728 printed on the side of the package.

The recalled nuggets, which were produced on May 6, 2020, were shipped to stores in Arizona, Idaho, Oregon, and Texas before anyone knew that there was a potential problem. What’s the problem? The nuggets may contain “a flexible rubber material.” 

According to a FSIS press release, “The problem was discovered after the firm received a consumer complaint reporting rubber pieces in the chicken breast nuggets product.”

This is a fairly large recall effecting about 59,800 pounds of chicken. So far, there have not been any reports of negative side effects from the nuggets, but if you have a bag of these nuggets in your freezer, please do not eat them. Instead, you should either throw them away or return them to the store where you bought them.

If you have a question about this recall, you can contact Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation at 800-321-1470. If you have any other food safety questions, you can call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline.