Over 55,000 Pounds of Chicken Recalled Over Possible Contamination With Extraneous Materials

Inspections found sand and black soil in Gold’n Plump and Just Bare branded chicken

Company says this contamination is the work of in-house tampering by a now former employee.

Minnesota-based GNP Company is recalling approximately 55,608 pounds of chicken products that “may be contaminated with extraneous materials.” Consumerist details that inspections found sand and black soil in some of the products.

The USDA Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a Class 1 recall of select products, which includes only one retail item: Just Bare Whole Chicken, while the rest are bulk and custom items.

The contamination has been linked to an “isolated product tampering incident,” and is being handled by law enforcement, GNP details in a release.

The recalled Just Bare Whole Chicken has a use by/freeze by date of 6/26/16. Customers who purchased the affected product are advised not to consume it and instead dispose of the chicken or return it to where it was purchased.

Though a third-party lab determined the foreign matter to be benign, natural materials, the chicken has been recalled as the company “cannot say with 100% certainty that the product is safe for consumption.”

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