Costco Recalls Chicken Patties Over Plastic Concerns


There’s been a lot of research lately into the prevalence of microplastics in consumer goods ranging from foods to beverages and even some prescription medications. The presence of microplastics in peoples’ bloodstreams is troubling enough, but now Costco is recalling some chicken patties over another plastic-related issue. These are hardly microplastics, though.

Costco’s sweeping chicken patty recall covers nearly 148,000 pounds of fully-cooked chicken meat that might have been contaminated with hard, sharp plastic. There’s nothing appetizing about the idea of biting down on a chicken sandwich and cutting your gums or cheek on a sharp fragment of plastic.

What Has Been Recalled?

The recall covers frozen chicken patty products shipped to Costco distributing facilities in Arizona, California, Colorado, Utah, and Washington. The eighty-ounce bags of chicken breast patties were sold under the “Foster Farms” brand name and may have been shipped to Costco retail locations across the West Coast. 

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service says that the recall is related to large, clear plastic contaminates that might have slipped into the chicken patties before they were packaged. These plastic objects are hard and could be sharp, according to the USDA.

Serious Risk Posed by Products

The FSIS says this recall is a Class I, which indicates high or medium risk. The agency says this recall has “a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.” As of the time of this writing, there have been no confirmed injuries relating to the recalls, “but FSIS believes the hard plastic pieces could be sharp and possibly cause an injury.”

Customers who aren’t aware of the recall could bite down on a sharp piece of plastic in their chicken sandwich and cause serious lacerations to the inside of their mouth.  

What Should You Do?

If you’ve purchased any eighty-ounce bags of Foster Farms chicken patties from Costco recently, discontinue their use immediately. No humans nor animals should consume these recalled patties. 

If you can, try to return the products to the retailer you purchased them from for a full refund. If you can’t return them to the retailer, simply discard them in a safe manner and make sure no animals can get into the trash. Affected products have a best-by date of August 11, 2023, and an establishment number of P-33901. They all share the lot code 3*2223, which can be found on the back of the package, as well as the code 7527899724 under the barcode.