Chicken Nuggets - Class I Recall – Applegate Naturals Chicken Nuggets - Best Before 9/27/2016

Last Updated: Mar 21, 2016 12:08PM EDT
Chicken Nuggets - Class I Recall – Applegate Naturals Chicken Nuggets - Best Before 9/27/2016

At Applegate, we’re committed to your health and wellbeing and making sure our products meet the highest standards – from the farm to your table. To that end, we’re recalling our 8 oz. packages of Applegate Naturals Chicken Nuggets with the “Best Before” date of September 27, 2016. There may be small pieces of plastic in the product.No injuries or illnesses have been reported.
 
The products were distributed to retailers in Georgia, Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas. Please return your product where you purchased it for a full refund. No other Applegate products are affected by this recall. 

We’re committed to bringing your family the best products possible, and we appreciate your attention to this notice.
 
Please email us at help@applegate.com if you have any more questions or visit the USDA’s website for food safety information at AskKaren.gov.
 
From our family to yours,
 
Steve Lykken, President, Applegate


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Applegate Naturals Chicken Nugget Class I Recall
Frequently Asked Questions
March 5, 2016


Applegate recognizes that our brand is built on the trust of our loyal customers, which is why we are committed to maintaining the highest quality and safety standards for our products. It is in the interest of our customers’ health and safety that we are working closely with the United States Department of Agriculture, our manufacturer and retailers on the recall of Applegate Naturals Chicken Nuggets with the “Best Before” date of September 27, 2016. You can be assured that the issue that led to this recall is being investigated, and measures will be put in place to avoid this problem in the future. 

What is a Class I Recall?
The United States Department of Agriculture defines a Class I recall as one involving a health hazard situation in which there is a reasonable probability that eating the food will cause health problems or death.

What product is affected by the recall?
The recall involves Applegate Naturals Chicken Nuggets in 8 oz. packages with the “Best Before” date of September 27, 2016.
 
How much of this product is out in the marketplace?
The recall affects approximately 9,000 packages of Applegate Naturals Chicken Nuggets. Applegate has tracked shipment of this product and notified all retailers and distributors that received shipment from this production run. 
 
Where was the recalled product distributed?
The product was shipped to retail distribution centers in seven states: Georgia, Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas.
 
Are any other Applegate products affected by the recall?
Absolutely not. Only Applegate Naturals Chicken Nuggets in 8 oz. packages with a “Best Before” date of September 27, 2016 are being recalled. No other Applegate products are affected.
 
Why is Applegate issuing a recall?
Applegate is committed to the health and wellness of our consumers. The product may contain small pieces of plastic.  We encourage consumers to return any affected product to the retailer from where the product was purchased for a full refund.
 
How did Applegate know there was a problem with the recalled product?
A handful of consumers contacted Applegate Consumer Relations to report that they had found small pieces of plastic in the Applegate Natural Chicken Nuggets in 8 oz. packages with the “Best Before” date of September 27, 2016.
 
Has anyone become ill from the recalled product?
There have been no reported illnesses or injuries associated with this product.
 
How did the problem occur?
*UPDATED 3/21/2016

An investigation determined that plastic safety glasses used by employees on the production line were processed inadvertently into the product. The cause was independently verified by lab analysis. To minimize the risk of this incident occurring again, the clear plastic safety glasses have been replaced with blue-tinted ones and each pair is now inscribed with an employee identification number. Employees are required to account for all equipment, including safety glasses, at the end of their shifts. In addition, Applegate is reaching out to all partner manufacturing plants where safety glasses are used to enact similar safety measures. 
 
How will Applegate prevent this from happening in the future?
*UPDATED 3/21/2016

To minimize the risk of this incident occurring again, the clear plastic safety glasses have been replaced with blue-tinted ones and each pair is now inscribed with an employee identification number. Employees are required to account for all equipment, including safety glasses, at the end of their shifts. In addition, Applegate is reaching out to all partner manufacturing plants where safety glasses are used to enact similar safety measures. 

Didn’t this happen before with the same problem? Why wasn’t it fixed?
*UPDATED 3/21/2016

Applegate did recall our Applegate Naturals Chicken Nuggets in August 2014 because of small pieces of plastic, and the cause of the problem was fixed. In that instance, a piece of plastic from one of the containers used to store raw chicken before grinding became dislodged and commingled with the raw chicken.

Was the recalled product made in a Hormel Foods plant?
No. Applegate is a stand-alone subsidiary of Hormel Foods and all supply chain, production lines and facilities are separate.  
 
Where can consumers go for more information?
Consumers can visit the Applegate website at www.applegate.com or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/applegate. Consumers also can call Applegate at 866-587-5858 or visit the USDA at www.AskKaren.gov.
 
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