Applegate® Works With USDA to Recall Chicken Nuggets

Mar 05, 2016, 18:26 ET from Applegate

BRIDGEWATER, N.J., March 5, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Applegate is working with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to recall approximately 9,000 packages of Applegate Naturals Chicken Nuggets after a handful of consumers reported finding small plastic pieces in the product. No injuries or illnesses have been reported.

Applegate is urging consumers to check for boxes of Applegate Naturals Chicken Nuggets in 8-ounce boxes with a "Best Before" date of September 27, 2016. Packages can be returned to the retailers from where they were purchased for a full refund – no receipt required.  

The products were produced in September 2015 and were shipped to retail distribution center in Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas.

"From the farm to families' tables, Applegate is committed to higher standards for all of our products," said Steve Lykken, Applegate president. "We are working diligently to identify the source of the problem and will correct it immediately."

No other Applegate products are affected by the recall.  For more information, consumers can visit or the company's Facebook page at Consumers with other food safety questions can also contact the USDA at

About Applegate

For more than 25 years, Applegate has been producing high-quality natural and organic hot dogs, bacon, sausages, deli meats, cheese and frozen products.  Natural can mean many things, but when Applegate says their products are natural, consumers are guaranteed that they are free of GMO ingredients and the meat inside is:

  • Raised without antibiotics or hormones
  • From animals fed a vegetarian or 100% grass diet and treated with humane animal standards
  • Free of added chemical nitrites, nitrates or phosphates
  • Free of artificial ingredients or preservatives

Applegate became a stand-alone subsidiary of Hormel Foods in July 2015. For more information about our products, visit or talk with us on or

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