CEDAR GROVE, NJ – A food recall by Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. in Waco, TX is impacting school lunches here in New Jersey according to a release by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Pomptonian Food Service in Fairfield, which provides school lunches in both Cedar Grove and Verona, notified affected schools, including Cedar Grove, today of the USDA recall affecting many of the chicken products provided to the schools they serve.  Though Verona does use Pomptonian Food Service, the district does not serve any of the recalled products.  

An email from the Cedar Grove school district stated “Pomptonian’s Food Service Director swiftly notified our district and made menu changes to eliminate the affected product.  We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through this issue.  As always, our students' safety remains our top priority.”

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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.  To view the news release, click here

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.