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60,000 lbs of This Company's Chicken Nuggets Have Just Been Recalled

Check any frozen bags you’ve bought recently because they might contain rubber…
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Grocery shopping in the time of the coronavirus can be a stressful experience. And while the CDC says the probability of catching the virus from packaged foods is low, there are a few other things you need to be aware of as you browse the isles. Food recalls are one.

Grocery shoppers in Arizona, Idaho, Oregon, and Texas: If you bought Pilgrim's Pride chicken nuggets lately, they may be part of a recall. The USDA announced a chicken nugget recall after nearly 60,000 pounds of the brand's "Fully Cooked Chicken Breast Nuggets" were potentially contaminated. The 4-pound bags may contain small pieces of rubber.

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The 15,000 bags have a Best-By date of May 6, 2021, and also show a lot code of 0127. The Class II chicken nugget recall was issued after a customer called the company to report the finding, according to a press release.

A Class II recall is "a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product," according to the USDA. It is one level up from a Class III, where eating or drinking the item won't cause health problems, and one down from a Class I recall, the most serious. This is "where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious adverse health consequences or death."

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Several other recalls have impacted grocery shoppers lately. Over 200 people have been infected with a parasite called Cyclospora after eating bagged salad mix from Fresh Express. The 12- and 24-ounce bags were sold at Walmart stores in Iowa, Minnesota, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Another bagged salad outbreak was announced recently for mixed greens from ALDI, Hy-Vee, and Jewel-Osco. Cyclospora and reported illnesses were found in people living in Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, and Nebraska.

A massive recall of grass-fed organic ground beef sold at Walmart was issued earlier in June. The Class I outbreak potentially causes dehydration, diarrhea, and stomach cramps because of E. coli. The bacteria can also cause a certain type of kidney failure found mostly in kids and older adults.

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