Trader Joe’s Is Recalling Nearly 100,000 Pounds of Chicken Due to Possible Bone Fragments

published Nov 12, 2021
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If you’ve happened to shop at Trader Joe’s in recent weeks, you may want to check your freezer. After customers complained they found bits of bone in two frozen chicken products from the national retailer, nearly 50 tons of raw chicken products have been recalled as of Wednesday, November 10.

Chili Lime Chicken Burgers and Spinach Feta Chicken Sliders — manufactured by Washington-based company Innovative Solutions — were shipped to stores across the country, including many of Trader Joe’s 500 locations. So far, no one has reported any injury or illness due to the recalled products. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service urges customers not to eat the potentially affected products if they have them on hand, and either throw them away or return them to the Trader Joe’s store where purchased. And, at some Trader Joe’s locations, signs have been placed in the slots where the meats would normally be found alerting customers of the recall.

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Not sure if your frozen chicken products are affected? The products recalled have “EST. P-8276” printed near the USDA mark of inspection, and were produced between August 16 and September 29, 2021. According to the FSIS, the following products are included in the recall:

  • 1-lb. cardboard packages containing four pieces of “TRADER JOE’S CHILE LIME CHICKEN BURGERS” with lot codes 2281, 2291, 2311, 2351, 2361, 2371, 2441, 2511, 2521, 2531, 2561, 2591, 2601, 2671, or 2721 represented on the label.
  • 9-lb. bulk-pack boxes containing 72 pieces of “SPINACH FETA CHICKEN SLIDERS” with lot codes 2361 or 2631 represented on the label.

It’s possible that some affected products are still available at retailers and sold under another name brand. The FSIS will continue to update recalls with full retail distribution lists here when they’re available. If you consumed any of the affected products and you’re experiencing an adverse reaction, contact a healthcare provider.