- Foster Farms recalled 148,000 pounds of fully cooked frozen chicken breast patties that were stocked by Costco.
- Consumers complained of hard, clear pieces of plastic embedded in the frozen meat.
- Regulators said the plastic pieces posed a “Class 1” safety hazard because they could lead to injury.
Foster Farms has recalled nearly 150,000 pounds of chicken patties sold at Costco after consumers said they found hard, clear bits of plastic in the meat, according to the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.
The fully cooked frozen patties were made in Louisiana this summer and shipped to Costco distribution centers in Arizona, California, Colorado, Utah, and Washington, according to the recall notice.
FSIS officials said the recalled products may have been sold at Costco stores, leading to consumer complaints to Foster Farms regarding pieces of plastic embedded in the chicken patties.
While there have been no reports of injury associated with the patties, FSIS expressed concern that the hard plastic pieces could be sharp and potentially dangerous to consumers.
Food safety regulators deemed the recall a “Class 1” hazard, which means “there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death,” according to FSIS.
FSIS also urged Costco customers to check their freezers for Foster Farms chicken patties with a best by date of Aug. 11, 2023. The products were sold in 80-oz. plastic bag packages that read, “CHICKEN PATTIES BREADED CHICKEN BREAST PATTIES WITH RIB MEAT.”
Consumers who purchased these products should throw them away or return them to the place of purchase, according to the recall notice.
Foster Farms did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.