Recall of Pilgrim's Pride wings costly for Boaz, Alabama plant


Web Editor - Jay Marchmon

BOAZ, Ala (CNN) - A voluntary recall of breaded chicken wings will take a bite out of the nation's supply during the flurry of college football bowl games.

Pilgrim's Pride recalled about 180,000 pounds of Pierce Hot & Spicy Breaded Chicken Wings and Sweet Georgia Brand Hot & Spicy Breaded Chicken Wings because they contain egg, an undeclared allergen, officials said.

The U.S. Agriculture Department's Food Safety and Inspection Service said the problem was discovered by the company through a labeling review as part of its quality-assurance program. Egg is not shown among ingredients on the labels, the agency said.

The recalled products--which carry the item codes 1703 and 95122--were sold to foodservice distributors in 20-pound and 10-pound cases, and were produced in the company's plant in Boaz, Alabama.

Company and federal officials said there have been no reports of adverse reactions due to the consumption of the products.

Each uncooked product bears the designation "P-413" printed next to a coded date, as well as coded designations of "0001," "0007," "0029," "0044," "0056," "0058," "0063," "0075," "0098," "0109," "0119," "0135," "0188," "0215," "0230," "0244," or "0279."

The wings were produced on various dates between January 1, 2010, and October 6, 2010, and sent to 30 food service distribution centers for further distribution to restaurants.

Consumers or distributors with questions regarding the recall can call Pilgrim's toll-free line at 800-321-1470.