Nearly 250,000 Pounds of Chicken Strips Have Been Recalled

published Sep 5, 2023
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Nothing comes in handy around mealtime quite like a frozen entrée, but if you’ve recently gone shopping for frozen dinners, you may want to check your freezer. While eating a frozen Banquet Chicken Strips meal, one unsuspecting consumer discovered a piece of plastic in a chicken strip, resulting in an oral injury. In response, a recall has been issued on the popular frozen meal so the same thing doesn’t happen to anyone else. If you’re wondering which products were recalled, you’re in luck, because so were we, and we’ve got all the details.

Which Banquet Products Were Recalled?

On September 2, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) published a recall notice on behalf of Conagra Brands, Inc., the manufacturer behind Banquet frozen foods.

Though the Banquet name features on many frozen meals, only one product has been recalled. According to the FSIS, Banquet’s frozen 8.9-ounce Chicken Strips Meals with best-if-used-by dates December 11, 2024, January 1, 2025, or January 7, 2025, lot numbers 5009317120, 5009319220, or 5009319820, and establishment number EST. P-9 located on the side of the carton are subject to the recall. 

The frozen chicken strips meals in question were produced in June and July of 2023, so if you purchased this entree before then, you do not need to be concerned about the recall.

What Should Consumers Do?

If you find that you have purchased Banquet’s frozen Chicken Strips entree, the FSIS urges you to throw them away or return them to the store from which they were purchased. It is important to note that no other issues or injuries were reported concerning the frozen Chicken Strips meal, so if you’ve already consumed this product there is very likely no cause for concern.

Food safety should always be the top priority in the kitchen, and that goes for frozen meals just as much as home-cooked ones. Sign up for the USDA’s Alert System to keep you up-to-date on all of the latest food recalls.