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Applegate chicken nuggets recalled
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About 4,530 pounds of chicken nugget products – produced for Applegate Farms by Perdue Foods in Gainesville – were recalled Saturday because they may be contaminated with extra plastic materials.

Applegate received four complaints and notified the U.S. Agriculture Department, said Maria Balice, director of communications for the company. The USDA announced the recall Saturday.

About 9,000 boxes of the 8-ounce packages were recalled, Balice said. They were shipped to retail distribution centers in Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New York, and Texas.

The frozen and fully cooked Applegate Naturals Chicken Nuggets were produced Sept. 28, 2015. The boxes contained about 18 pieces of “Applegate Naturals Chicken Nuggets” with the best before date Sept. 27, 2016.

Balice said no additional complaints had been received since the recall.

The problem was discovered when the company received complaints of small, solid, clear plastic inside the packages of chicken nuggets.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumers eating the products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a health care provider.

Balice also said the company is investigating the cause of the problem.

“We are isolating the incident to the final stages of the production process,” she said.

The investigation was still underway Monday afternoon.

Consumers who have purchased the products are urged not to eat them. The products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

According to the Food Safety and Inspection Service, the recall is a “class I,” meaning “there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-2617” inside the USDA mark of inspection.