Giant chicken nugget recall: What you need to know

Mar 7, 2016 at 12:16 p.m. ET
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Check your freezers, because this chicken nugget recall is a doozy.

The United States Department of Agriculture has announced that Perdue is recalling about 4,530 pounds of Applegate Farms chicken nuggets.

The recalled Applegate Naturals Chicken Nuggets were shipped to Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New York and Texas, where they were distributed to retailers.

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The recall comes after consumers complained to Perdue Foods, LLC (which processes and packages some chicken products for Applegate) of finding small, clear plastic bits inside the nuggets. The plastic could be a choking hazard or pose a danger to digestive systems.

The recall specifically affects 8-ounce boxes of 18-count Applegate Naturals Chicken Nuggets, with a best-before date of Sept. 28, 2016.

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Check the USDA mark of inspection for the number P-2617 to see if you have one of the recalled batches lingering in your freezer.

If you do have any of the recalled product, you should throw it away or return it to the store from which it was purchased.

If you have any questions about the recall, you can call Applegate Consumer Relations at 1-866-587-5858, the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline, or contact the USDA's food safety virtual representative "Ask Karen" at

In the meantime, why not try making your own chicken nuggets at home?

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