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Rocks in Trader Joe’s chicken rice pilaf spur public warning from USDA


Multiple consumer complaints about rocks in a Trader Joe’s frozen chicken product have sparked a public warning from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

A recall has not been initiated because it is believed that the implicated product is no longer available for purchase, according to the warning notice.

The ready-to-eat frozen product was distributed to Trader Joe’s stores nationwide. The product has the establishment number “P-45322” inside the USDA inspection mark on its packaging. However, the warning notice did not include the product’s best or use-by date.

The frozen chicken product can be identified by the following label information: 14-oz. plastic packages containing “Trader Joe’s Chicken, Lentil, & Caramelized Onion Pilaf WITH SAFFRON BASMATI RICE, DARK CHICKEN MEAT, DATES & GOLDEN RAISINS.”

The product was manufactured from November 1, 2023, through January 19, 2024. 

There is concern that consumers may still have the product in their home freezers. One consumer reported a dental injury from consuming the product.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. According to the warning notice, this product should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.  

Consumers with questions about the public health alert can call the producing establishment, Mama Vicky’s, at 818-583-0003.

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