Public health alert issued for Trader Joe’s frozen chicken pilaf after complaints of rocks found in products

Published 5:11 pm Wednesday, February 7, 2024

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a public health alert due to concerns of a frozen ready-to-eat (RTE) chicken pilaf product that may be contaminated with foreign material, specifically rocks.

“FSIS is issuing this public health alert to ensure that consumers are aware that this product should not be consumed. A recall was not requested because the product is no longer available for purchase,” stated a USDA news release.

The frozen RTE chicken, lentil and caramelized onion pilaf product was produced on various dates from November 1, 2023 through January 19, 2024 and sold in 14-oz. plastic packages containing “Trader Joe’s Chicken, Lentil, & Caramelized Onion Pilaf WITH SAFFRON BASMATI RICE, DARK CHICKEN MEAT, DATES & GOLDEN RAISINS.”

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The product bears the establishment number “P-45322” inside of the USDA mark of inspection and was distributed to Trader Joe’s grocery stores nationwide.

“The problem was discovered when the establishment notified FSIS that it received multiple consumer complaints of rocks in the chicken pilaf. One consumer reported a dental injury from consuming the product,” stated the release.

No additional reports of injury or illness from consumption of these products has been received by FSIS. Those concerned about an injury or illness are advised to contact a healthcare provider.

“FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ freezers,” the release continued. “Consumers who have purchased this product are urged not to consume them. This product should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.”

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