A Georgia-based food processing company is recalling over 2,100 pounds of chicken sausage products due to plastic contamination.
Perdue Foods LLC announced the recall on May 6, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
The sausage links being recalled were produced on March 27 and sent to retail distributors in Connecticut and Maryland, where they are sold under the name "Perdue Harvestland Italian Style Organic Chicken Sausage."
There are eight sausage links per package. The packages in question are stamped with the code "64405" and have a sell or freeze by date of June 25, 2017.
The product also contains the code "P-2617" in the USDA mark of inspection.
On May 5, Perdue Foods notified the FSIS that it had received three complaints from customers who found blue plastic material in the sausages. There are no reports of injury from consumption of the product.
Consumers who has purchased the affected products are advised to either throw them away or return them to the place of purchase.
Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Perdue Consumer Relations at (877) 727-3447.
In 2010, Perdue Farms -- the parent company of Perdue Foods -- was sued by the Humane Society of the United States for consumer fraud, alleging that the company falsely advertised its chickens as "humanely raised," according to The Baltimore Sun.
"Companies like Perdue are exploiting the dramatic growth of consumer demand for improved animal welfare for their own profit," Humane Society Vice President Jonathan Lovvorn said in a statement at the time. "Rather than implementing humane reforms, Perdue has simply slapped 'humanely raised' stickers on its factory farmed products, hoping consumers won't know the difference."
Perdue countered that its handling of chickens exceeds industry standards.
"Our chickens are raised cage-free on family farms in temperature-controlled housing with a continuous flow of fresh air, and they remain free to move about with constant access to food and water," Perdue's Vice President for Corporate Communications Luis Luna stated.
The same year, Perdue Farms was sued by environmental activists who alleged that the company was polluting Maryland's Chesapeake Bay with runoff contaminated by bacteria from chicken manure, according to The Washington Post.
The suit was filed by the Assateague Coastal Trust, an environmental advocacy group. Employee Kathy Phillips said at the time that the farm "appears to be an out-of-control situation, when it comes to animal waste."
"The notion of the family farm is long gone," said Scott Edwards of the Waterkeeper Alliance, another advocacy group that signed onto the lawsuit. "These are factories. They produce waste, they produce pollutants, they need to be regulated for environmental compliance."