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(NaturalNews) On Wednesday, August 8, Applegate Natural and Organic Meats voluntarily issued a recall for “Applegate Naturals Chicken Nuggets” with the “Best Before” date of February 5, 2015,according to a report byUnited Press International.

More than 15,000 pounds were yanked from shelves due to small pieces of clear plastic that inadvertently became mixed into the meat. The contaminated chicken nuggets are manufactured by Perdue, a Georgia-based company hired by Applegate to help “co-pack” their products.

Consumers are urged to check for products with an expiration date of 2/05/2015 and the establishment number “P2617.” More than 30,000 packages of the product were sold across the United States, including at Whole Foods, Safeway, Giant and other local and regional grocers.

“The problem was discovered after the firm received consumer complaints that small pieces of plastic were found in the products. FSIS and the company have received no reports of injury or illness from consumption of the product. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness from consumption of these products should contact a healthcare provider,” the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported.

Applegate willingly pulled contaminated products from shelves before ordered to do so by the USDA

Tyson Foods, one of Perdue’s competitors, was forced to recall more than 75,000 pounds ofchicken nuggets last April, after small pieces of plastic were found mixed into their meat.

On August 12, the USDA ruled in favor of changing the status of the product withdrawal to a Class II recall, which presents a low health risk but requires the origin of the recall problem to be identified, which in this case is Perdue.

Written by: Julie Wilson 
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