Kids love chicken nuggets, as parents know all too well. Don’t even think of hosting a birthday party without having some nuggets on hand for the tots. But if you’re preparing a springtime event, you might want to think twice about serving the kids their favorite meal. As of Saturday, Prime Pak Foods of Gainesville, Ga., recalled approximately 24,000 lbs. of chicken products under the label "Sugar Lake Farms" due to misbranding of undeclared allergens.
Here's the catch: The products were produced from Dec. 12, 2012 to March 21, 2014, so in some cases they may have long been shipped to stores, hotels, restaurants, and other institutions nationwide. In fact, the chicken nuggets and chicken breasts may have already been served to you in a restaurant or they may be sitting in your own freezer right now.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the products were formulated with egg and wheat, known allergens, that had not been properly declared on the product label. The recalled products are packaged as two 5-lb. bags in a box printed with “Sugar Lake Farms Fully Cooked Breaded Chicken Breast Tenders” and the product code 77422. Or, they may be packaged as two 5-lb. bags in a box printed with “Sugar Lake Farms Fully Cooked Spicy Breaded Chicken Breast Chunks” and the product code 77448. Additionally, all the boxes bear the establishment number “P-9165” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
So far, FSIS and the company have received no reports of any negative reactions by consumers who ate this food, but anyone who is concerned should contact a health care provider. This reputable family-owned and -operated company is known for upholding the highest standard of quality when providing allergen-free foods to those limited by specific diets. “Our cooperation with Allergy Free Foods allows us to provide gluten- and allergen-free chicken tenders, filets and other products," said the company’s owner and president, Todd Robson, in an interview with US Business Executive: "We have a strong commitment to making sure there’s no cross-contamination.”
The problem was discovered by an FSIS inspector who notified the company on April 17, 2014. The firm immediately investigated and found they had not listed all ingredients on their products’ packaging labels. The company employs more than 900 individuals who process, hand-cut, and package all of the meat that goes through its facility. Since 1972, this relatively small company has been producing products free of artificial ingredients and preservatives, everything from chicken tenders to southern-style hot wings. Gainesville, where the company is located, has been dubbed “the Poultry Capital of the World.”