Trader Joe's Chile Lime Chicken Burgers Recalled Due to Possible Bone Fragments

The burgers may pose a choking hazard

Trader Joe's Chile Lime Chicken Burgers Source: Trader Joe's

Trader Joe’s Chile Lime Chicken Burgers are part of a recall of 100,000 pounds of frozen ground chicken patties, which producer Innovation Solutions says may contain pieces of bone, the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced. No injuries have been reported.

The burgers were produced from Aug. 16 to Sept. 29, 2021. Trader Joe’s says the burgers have been removed from stores and are no longer for sale. However, consumers who bought these burgers, which are packaged in 1-pound boxes, and still have them in their freezer should check to see whether they’re part of the recall.

The lot code to look for on the box is 2281, 2291, 2311, 2351, 2361, 2371, 2441, 2511, 2521, 2531, 2561, 2591, 2601, 2671, or 2721. In addition, the packages will have “EST. P-8276” printed near the USDA mark of inspection.

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If you have the recalled burgers, throw them away or return the package to the Trader Joe’s where you bought them for a refund.

The recall also includes unbranded spinach feta chicken sliders packaged in 9-pound boxes. The USDA announcement did not include any information on where the sliders were sold. These boxes are printed with lot code 2361 or 2631 on the label and also have “EST. P-8276” printed near the USDA mark of inspection. Innovative Solutions did not immediately respond to CR’s request for additional information.

“The biggest problem with having bone matter in ground chicken, or any ground meat, is the possibility of choking, especially for young children,” says Sana Mujahid, PhD, manager for food safety research and testing at Consumer Reports.

Contact Innovation Solutions with any questions at 206-365-7200. Or call Trader Joe’s Customer Relations at 626-599-3817 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or contact the grocery chain online.


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