A Public Health Alert Has Been Issued for Perdue’s Chicken Tenders — Here’s What to Know

published Aug 26, 2022
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It’s been a tough year for some of my favorite food brands and it seems as if the bad news just keeps on coming. While it’s not another King’s Hawaiian issue, this week, a public health alert has come to claim our beloved Purdue chicken tenders. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing an alert for the brand’s 42-ounce bags of frozen, ready-to-eat, gluten-free chicken breast tenders. A recall, however, wasn’t issued due to the product no longer being available for purchase.

The affected items have the establishment number “P-33944” below the July 7, 2023 “Best If Used By:” date on the back of the plastic bag and were shipped to BJ’s Wholesale Club retail locations nationwide. BJ’s Wholesale Club discovered the problem and reported to FSIS when it received a complaint from a customer who found a small piece of clear plastic and blue dye inside a chicken tender.

According to the release, there are no confirmed reports of illness due to the product, but if you’ve recently purchased tenders from Purdue, check your packaging because there is concern from the agency that some products are still in customer’s freezers. The agency urges anyone with an affected package to either throw it away or return it to the place of purchase. If you are concerned about an illness, however, you should contact a health care provider immediately.

If you’re looking for a chicken tender substitute, we tried 14 different brands of frozen tenders and chose our favorites. Hopefully, you’ll find yours there, too.