More Than 26,000 Pounds of a Popular Chicken Grocery Sold Nationwide Are Being Recalled

Walmart customers in 30 states are being advised, as experts say the concern is possible contamination with "clear, hard plastic."

Easy-to-make appetizers are smart to keep in the freezer year-round, but a December 15, 2023 alert from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has revealed that 26,000 pounds of a very recognizable product you find in the freezer aisle are being recalled.

If you’re a fan of TGI Fridays appetizers, specifically the brand’s boneless chicken wings, you may have a potentially hazardous product in your home. Simmons Prepared Foods Inc. is voluntarily recalling the Honey BBQ flavor of TGI Fridays boneless chicken bites due to possible contamination with “clear, hard plastic,” as stated in the high-risk class 1 notice.

The TGI Fridays boneless chicken bites being recalled are all in 15-ounce cartons with a production date of Oct. 3, 2023. They can be further identified by the lot code “KL3K03” and the establishment number “P-20287,” which is inside the standard USDA inspection mark. These products have a best-buy date of 12/26/2024 and were distributed nationwide. If you are a Walmart customer, the company has released a list of stores in 30 states that sold the recalled product.

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Simmons Prepared Foods Inc. alerted the FSIS to customer complaints about the presence of “clear, hard plastic” beneath the breading of the honey barbecue-flavored bites. Fortunately, no injuries related to this issue have been reported at press time. However, the notice advises anyone who might have been harmed by the product to contact a healthcare provider if they have concerns.

The FSIS recommends that anyone who has purchased the TGI Fridays honey barbecue boneless chicken bites should either dispose of them or return them to their place of purchase for a refund. Customers with questions can call 1-800-280-7185.

This recall coincides with other concerning recalls issued by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on December 15, 2023. Several varieties of Quaker granola bars and cereals were withdrawn from shelves nationwide due to potential contamination with Salmonella. Additionally, seven states experienced a Fresh Express spinach recall due to the possible presence of Listeria.

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