Gold n’ Plump is recalling more than 27 tons of chicken after contaminants were discovered in a sample of Gold n’ Plump’s product. Gold n’ Plump is the leading chicken manufacturer in the Upper Midwest and is based in central Minnesota.
What sort of contaminants were found in Gold n’ Plump’s chickens? The company reportedly found sand and black soil in its product, according to Gold n’ Plump’s spokesman, Lexann Reischl.
“Our own inspections turned it up, and two food service customers called and told us they found the same material.”
Earlier today, Gold n’ Plump issued a statement explaining the recall of their chicken. In the statement, Gold n’ Plump called the black soil and sand, “extraneous foreign matter.” The statement went on to say that the discovery was linked to a product tampering – read: sabotage – incident that happened in Gold n’ Plump’s Cold Spring, Minnesota processing plant on the week of June 6. Gold n’ Plump’s statement also reiterated that this was an isolated incident and that the problem was not ongoing.
Gold n’ Plump spokespersons are quick to add that no illnesses have been reported in coordination with this particular recall. Though the recall is categorized by regulators at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service as “high,” the 55,608 pounds of chicken being recalled are not commonly thought of as detrimental to the health of those who purchase them. In fact, the third-party lab that took a look at the contaminated Gold n’ Plump chicken that is being recalled verified that the foreign matter contained in it is made up of “benign, natural material…” The question then arises, if the material isn’t considered to be absolutely harmful to humans, then why the recall? According to experts, if officials can’t state with absolute certainty that the Gold n’ Plump chicken is safe for consumption, then a recall must be implemented.
The company statement noted that a third-party lab “verified the foreign matter to be benign, natural materials. … However, because the company cannot say with 100 percent certainty that the product is safe for consumption,” the recall was required.
The Gold n’ Plump chicken that was recalled was produced by St. Cloud-based GNP, and was produced between June 6 and 9. The recalled Gold n’ Plump chicken was packaged in 40-pound cases for food service and retail distribution. Additionally, the Gold n’ Plum chicken products have”P-322″ inside the USDA mark of inspection.
Consumers with questions about the recall can contact GNP’s Jane Kalthoff at 1-800-328-2838.
Gold n’ Plump has suffered from someone throwing sand and black dirt into their chicken. You probably shouldn’t eat it. Bring it back to where you bought it for a refund.
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