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Applegate Natural Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets recalled due to undeclared wheat.

WASHINGTON, Jan 18, 2013 –King’s Delight, a Gainesville, Ga. establishment, is recalling approximately 1,572 pounds of frozen chicken nuggets labeled as gluten-free because they contain wheat, a known allergen that is not declared on the label, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. 

The product subject to recall include:

  • 8-oz. cartons of “APPLEGATE® Naturals Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets.”

The establishment number “P-2617” can be found printed on the side of each carton. The products were packaged on Sept. 19, 2012. The lot number “210864” and the best before date “08/28/13” are printed on each carton’s side panel. The UPC code “25317-00556” is printed on the back of each carton. The products were distributed to retail stores in Indiana, Maryland, Oregon and Washington. Consumers who purchased these products should return them to the store for a full refund.

The firm notified FSIS of the problem after a consumer familiar with the product noted a color difference. Upon investigation, it was determined that chicken nuggets containing wheat were mislabeled on Sept. 19, 2012. FSIS and the company have received no reports of illness or adverse reactions due to consumption of this product. Anyone concerned about an illness or adverse reaction should contact a physician. 

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to ensure that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website

Consumers with questions regarding the recall should contact Gerry Clarkson, Applegate Consumer Affairs Specialist, at (800) 587-5858. Media with questions regarding the recall should contact Joe Forsthoffer at (410) 251-0363. 

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I contacted Applegate because I have 3 packages of these nuggets.  They called back.  The recall is because regular nuggets were put into the gluten free boxes.  I was relieved as I know my nuggets did not taste like a regular nugget.  He offered me coupons and suggested I contacted the store that I bought my nuggets from to see if they received any shipments.  Very quick reply. 

Laurie Smith

Applegate has some FAQs about the recall at this link:

We have issued a recall on 3,144 packages of Applegate Naturals Gluten-Free Chicken Nuggets with Lot Code 210864 and a Best Before date of August 28, 2013. Please visit our FAQ page for more information

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