Nearly 150,000 POUNDS of chicken sold at Costco is recalled because it contains pieces of sharp plastic ‘that could cause injury’
- Foster Farms is recalling frozen chicken burgers because some contain plastic
- Those affected are the 80oz bags, which contain about 20 burgers each
- Food Sagety and Inspection Service (FSIS) urged customers to throw them away
Hundreds of thousands of frozen chicken patties sold at Costco are being recalled over fears they may contain pieces of plastic.
The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) warned customers the plastic shards ‘could be sharp and possibly cause an injury’.
More than 150,000 pounds (lbs) of the Foster Farms burgers — sold in packets of 20 for $18 — are thought to be affected.
The FSIS is telling Americans to either throw them away or return them to the store where they were purchased for a refund.
No injuries have been reported to date. But the agency warned plastic shards could cause cuts to the mouth, throat and digestive system if ingested.
The issue only came to light when customers complained to the manufacturer after finding plastic ’embedded’ in their chicken burgers.
Thousands of frozen chicken patties sold by Costco are being recalled over fears they may be contaminated with ‘hard and sharp’ plastic. The product, Foster Farms 80oz breaded frozen chicken patties, is pictured above. It has already been pulled from the Costco website
They were distributed in five states in August: Arizona, California, Colorado, Utah and Washington. But agency staff admitted others may be affected
The alert is a ‘Class I’ recall, meaning there is a ‘high risk’ that eating the food will cause health problems or death.
The burgers are described as ‘breaded chicken breast patties with rib meat’, and the best before date of August 11 next year.
What is being recalled?
The FSIS is recalling frozen breaded chicken patties sold in 80oz bags that contain 20 burgers.
The product is only sold in Costco for about $18.
The agency said consumers could work out whether they had the product in their freezer by checking the sell-by date.
Affected products are dated to expire on August 11, 2023.
Approximately 29,600 bags are affected, containing a total of 592,000 chicken patties. .
They were distributed in five states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Utah and Washington.
But Foster Farms have admitted that products contaminated with the pieces could have been sold in other states too.
Costco has already pulled the product from its website.
It was not clear how the plastic shards got into the burgers, but previously this has been due to parts breaking off machines during the manufacturing process.
The FSIS did not detail how many customers had complained over the plastic pieces.
Health risks from accidentally biting down on shards of plastic include cuts to the mouth and, if swallowed, throat or digestive tract. It could also damage teeth.
Previously medics have warned that eating shards of metal may lead to the intestine being punctured when they move into the digestive tract.
This leads to intestinal contents leaking into the body, which risks someone facing severe abdominal pain.
Foster Foods is based in Farmerville, Louisiana.