Approximately 26,550 pounds of TGI Fridays boneless chicken bites products were recalled due to possible contamination with “clear, hard plastic.”
“Simmons Prepared Foods Inc., a Van Buren, Ark. establishment, is recalling approximately 26,550 pounds of TGI Fridays boneless chicken bites products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of clear, hard plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today,” the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced.
Simmons Foods is recalling more than 13 tons of TGI Friday's-branded boneless chicken bites sold by retailers nationwide following consumer complaints of plastic under the breading used in the products. https://t.co/YzGCJuv4RD
— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 19, 2023
The boneless chicken bites items were produced on Oct. 3, 2023.
According to the USDA’s announcement, the recalled products include:
- 15-oz. carton containing “TGI FRIDAYS BONELESS CHICKEN BITES HONEY BBQ CHICKEN” with lot code KL3K03 and Best By date of 12/26/2024 located on the side of the carton.
From the USDA:
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-20287” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.
The problem was discovered when the firm notified FSIS that it had received consumer complaints reporting that clear, hard plastic was found under the breading of the boneless chicken bites.
There have been no confirmed reports of injury or illness from consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.
FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
Approximately 13 tons of TGI Fridays-branded chicken sold at major U.S. grocery stores is being recalled after consumers complained of finding pieces of plastic in the product. https://t.co/pKZqF9fKES
— NBC News (@NBCNews) December 20, 2023
Simmons issued the following press release:
Food safety is a very serious matter at Simmons. This is why Simmons issued a precautionary and voluntary recall for approximately 27,000 pounds of further processed boneless chicken products produced during one shift on October 3, 2023, at our Van Buren, Arkansas, location. This product may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically fragments from plastic safety glasses. We are working closely with regulatory authorities and the affected customer, Kraft Heinz, to expedite this product recall.
This issue was discovered through two individual customer complaints to the affected customer. There have been no reports of adverse customer reactions due to this issue. We have been working closely with the affected customer and regulatory authorities to expedite this product recall.
At Simmons, we take pride in making food for the families and pets we love. We value the trust placed in us to deliver quality products that are safe. We are carefully reviewing this matter and have taken action to ensure we meet our commitment to provide the safe, high quality products expected from Simmons.