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Pilgrim's Pride expands recall of 5 million pounds of chicken

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Pilgrim's Pride is expanding a 5 million pound recall that federal food safety regulators say includes a variety of chicken products potentially contaminated with foreign materials.

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Friday's announcement is the second expansion of a recall that began in April after the largest poultry producer in the U.S. received consumer complaints regarding plastic contamination of chicken nuggets, according the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The agency said there have been "no confirmed reports of adverse reactions" due to eating the products.

Consumers are still urged to throw away or return the products. Food inspectors have previously announced finding items such as wood, plastic, rubber and metal.

The initial recall last month included 40,780 pounds of cooked chicken products and spiked to approximately 4,568,080 pounds of recalled products on Friday.

Breaded chicken nuggets, tenderloins, patties, and patty fritters are all included — were produced between August 21, 2014 to March 1, 2016. The products were sold in stores under the Gold Kist Farms, Pierce, and Sweet Georgia brands.

Pilgrim’s Pride shipped the products to grocery stores and institutions like schools nationwide.