Wal-Mart chicken nugget recall affects 90,000 pounds

Chicken Nugget

You can avoid the Wal-Mart chicken nugget recall by making your own. Image: Flickr/yoppy

In Wal-Mart stores around the country, Great Value brand chicken nuggets have been recalled. The Wal-Mart chicken nugget recall affects one pound, 13 ounce bags of nuggets labeled with the Great Value brand. Manufactured by Perdue, these nuggets have blue plastic in them.

Wal-Mart chicken nugget recall

The Wal-Mart chicken nugget recall was called by Perdue Farms, Inc. and the USDA on July 21. Some customers found chunks of blue plastic in their nuggets. To find out if your Wal-Mart chicken nuggets are a part of the recall, look for:

  • A one pound, 13 ounce bag of nuggets
  • Great Value brand labeling
  • Establishment code number P-33944
  • Case code 89008 A0160

Return the nuggets to the store where they were purchased in order to get a refund. The full cost of the recall will probably end up being around $500,000.

Blue plastic causes chicken nugget recall

The Wal-Mart chicken nugget recall is considered a “Class II” recall. This means that there have been no injuries and there is little to no risk of “adverse health consequences.” Perdue Farms has said that it expects that a “small plastic ring” was mixed in with the raw meat. The plastic was then chopped, pressed and cooked with the rest of the chicken nuggets. About 50,000 packages of chicken nuggets could have been affected by this mistake in the plant.

Making your own chicken nuggets

If you really love chicken nuggets but want to avoid the Wal-Mart chicken nugget recall, you can. Making your own chicken nuggets is quick, cheap, and healthy. All the ingredients for chicken nuggets will cost about $15, but will make three to four pounds — 12 to 16 servings. Start by chopping boneless, skinless chicken breasts or chicken tenders into chunks. Mix bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese and seasonings such as basil together. Dunk the chicken in milk, egg or melted butter, then into the bread crumb mixture. Bake at 350 for 10 to 20 minutes. Or, if you are brave, deep-fat fry in 450 degree oil for three minutes, and you’ve got nuggets. These freeze in plastic zipper-lock bags well, so you can always be ready with a budget, kid and time friendly chicken snack.

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