Costco Is Recalling 148,000 Pounds of This Chicken Product
Less than two weeks after pulling Kirkland's Signature Pine Nut Hummus from its shelves, Costco has removed another item due to a food safety issue detected by customers.
On October 29, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that Foster Farms, a poultry brand with products sold at Costco, has recalled almost 148,000 pounds of fully cooked frozen chicken breast patties. The move came after consumers reported the presence of hard, clear plastic pieces embedded in the food items.
The affected products, which were produced on August 11, 2022, were shipped to Costco distribution centers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Utah, and Washington, and may have been distributed to additional Costco locations. The 80-ounce plastic bags display a "Best By" date of August 11, 2023, the establishment number "P-33901," the lot code "3*2223**" on the back edge of the package, as well as the number "7527899724" under the product's barcode.
Although there have been no confirmed injury reports tied to the consumption of the chicken patties, the FSIS said in its notice that "the hard plastic pieces could be sharp and possibly cause an injury." Classifying the recall as "Class I – Medium or High Risk," the agency encourages consumers to discard the frozen chicken patties or return them to their place of purchase.
At this point in time, a recall notice is not available on Costco's product recall page.
Consumers with additional questions about the recall may call the Foster Farms Consumer Hotline at 1-800-338-8051 or email [email protected].
Unfortunately, this isn't the first frozen product to be pulled from grocery store shelves this month. On October 7, ALDI issued a voluntary recall of its Earth Grown Vegan Traditional Falafel and Garlic & Herb Falafel products due to the possible presence of Shiga toxin-producing E.Coli. According to a notice from the FDA, there have been 20 reported cases of infection across six states, with five of those requiring hospitalization.