- The United States Department of Agriculture recalled 98,000 pounds of raw ground chicken patty product, some of which can be found in Trader Joe’s products.
- Trader Joe’s Chile Lime Chicken Burgers and Spinach Feta Chicken Sliders are part of the recall.
- The recall is due to the potential contamination of pieces of bone in the ground chicken.
Fan-favorite chicken products sold at Trader Joe’s are being recalled for potential bone contamination. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a statement that Innovation Solutions, Inc., the producer of many of Trader Joe’s products, would be recalling products due to a “possible foreign matter contamination.”
The recall is for about 98,000 pounds of raw ground chicken patty product which can be found in some of Trader Joe’s frozen, boxed burgers. The products affected by the recall are the Trader Joe’s brand Chile Lime Chicken Burgers and Spinach Feta Chicken Sliders, which are sold at other grocery retailers, too.
The USDA says the chicken patties “may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of bone.” The recalled patties are dated from August 16 through September 29 and have the EST.P-8276 number printed near the USDA mark of inspection. Consumers should check their frozen, packaged burger products for the date to ensure they’re safe to consume. If you find a box that matches the description and dates, you should throw them away or return them, the statement reads.
The recall was first discovered by the manufacturer, Washington-based Innovation Solutions, after complaints were made about finding bones in the chicken burgers. Luckily, the announcement revealed that there have been no serious medical concerns that have come from the products.
Despite this, the agency urges consumers, especially those who stock their freezers with Trader Joe’s favorites, to check their frozen foods and ensure they don’t have a box of the recalled chicken patties, and to return or dispose of the product. Trader Joe’s also announced the recall on their website, suggesting that they have removed and destroyed any product that was left to be sold in store.
If you do accidentally swallow a bone or are concerned about an injury related to swallowing a bone, you should reach out to a medical professional for help. But, ultimately, unless the bone is very long or very sharp, you likely don’t have to worry, Troy Madsen, M.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Utah said on University of Utah’s Emergency Room Doctor Q&A Health Minute.
“If somehow you happen to swallow a chicken bone that’s longer than, say, three inches or a really big sharp piece, that’s probably a reason to go to the ER and get a specialist there to remove it from your stomach,” he said in the recording.
This isn’t the first time in recent months Trader Joe’s products have been recalled due to health concerns. In late October, Trader Joe’s recalled salami sticks due to a potential salmonella outbreak. The outbreak affected their Citterio brand Premium-Style Salame Sticks, leaving 20 people ill across eight states and three hospitalized due to salmonella poisoning.
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