One of the largest food manufacturers in the U.S., Perdue, has announced it will recall more than 15,300 pounds of frozen chicken nuggets, according to a recent U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service news release.
The 8-oz. packages of Applegate chicken products were reportedly found to contain plastic pieces. The Perdue subsidiary has said it will pull all of the contaminated boxes of poultry from retailers' shelves. The company maintains that the chicken nuggets aren't tainted with bacteria and are fully cooked, but anyone who has ingested the contents is advised to discuss the matter with a medical professional if they have any concerns.
Applegate began to voluntarily remove the products from stores on Aug. 8, 2014, but the recall announcement is aimed at consumers who may still have the nuggets in their possession. This event should serve as a strong reminder to manufacturers, producers and distributors of the importance of having a strong data collection solution in place to help facilitate a recall.
When organizations need to comply with federal regulations, the faster and more accurate the system they have in place, the better it will be in the long run. These companies are better able to avoid penalties and fees, while maintaining a positive brand image with consumers.