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Food Recall Affects Meal Service Provider to Berkeley Heights Public Schools; Chicken Products Sold to Pomptonian at Issue

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - A food recall by Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. in Waco, TX has affected school lunches in New Jersey according to a release by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Fairfield-based Pomptonian Food Service, which provides school lunches to the Berkeley Heights Public Schools, has notified schools of the USDA recall affecting many of the chicken products provided to the schools they serve. 

Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., which provides chicken products to Pomptonian, is recalling approximately 4,568,080 pounds of fully cooked chicken products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, including plastic, wood, rubber, and metal, according to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The scope of this recall expansion now includes a variety of chicken products associated with extraneous material contamination.

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According to the release, the original recall on April 7 included 40,780 pounds of fully cooked chicken products. The USDA expanded the recall on Tuesday to include more than a dozen additional products.

Business Administrator of Berkeley Heights Public , Donna Felezzola, issued s statement which reads: 

The USDA announced a food recall of Pilgrim Pride foods because of foreign objects found in the product. Pilgrim Pride foods are used in some of the lunches prepared in our school kitchens. Due to this recall, menu changes were made immediately and moving forward an alternate product will be used.

Following is a statement that summarizes the steps taken by Pomptonian Foods, our food service management company:

Pilgrim’s Pride, manufacturer of GoldKist chicken products, has issued a recall that involves some product codes that are served in schools. The recall was issued because the product “may be contaminated with extraneous materials.”

The cafeteria suspended use of GoldKist chicken products affected by this recall today. The recall was specific to certain products produced at one facility on specific dates. While we are awaiting more information about this recall, we will continue to suspend use of the affected products and any product produced in the same plant.

The USDA’s news release stated, “There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.” We truly appreciate your patience while we work through the details and again, we will keep you posted as we obtain more information and identify the best, prudent next steps. 

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact James Brown, Consumer Relations Manager, at (800) 321-1470

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