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MN chicken producer recalls a bunch of chicken because there's sand and soil in it

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The Minnesota-based owners of Gold'n Plump are recalling 55,608 pounds of chicken products because they may be contaminated with sand and black soil.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued the recall Saturday.

The chicken products, produced by GNP Company (the parent company of Just BARE and Gold'n Plump), were produced from June 6 to June 9. Most were bulk and custom items, packaged in 40-pound cases for food service distribution across the country, an email news release from GNP says.

One of the products being recalled – Just BARE Whole Chicken (UPC 024105594057) in a 4-pound bag with the use-by date of June 26 (see image at right) – is sold in grocery stores.

No Gold'n Plump products were recalled. Click here for the labels of all the recalled products.

The recall comes after GNP discovered sand and black soil in some of its products. In an email statement, GNP says it is linked to "an isolated product tampering incident that occurred at the company's Cold Spring processing plant the week of June 6."

The case is under investigation by law enforcement, the statement continues.

There haven't been any confirmed reports of adverse reactions from eating the products that could be contaminated, but the FSIS is considering this a "Class I" recall (a health hazard situation where there is "reasonable probability" that using the product could cause "serious, adverse health consequences or death).

Officials are asking anyone who bought these products not to eat them, and to throw them away or return them to where they bought them.

FSIS will release a list of where the chicken products were sold on its website when available. For additional information, click here.

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