Trader Joe's Chicken Soup Dumplings Recalled Due to Plastic Fragments

United States regulators say over 61,000 pounds of Trader Joe's Steamed Chicken Soup Dumpling products may have been contaminated with pieces of hard plastic during manufacturing.

On March 2, CJ Foods Manufacturing Beaumont Corporation issued a recall involving 61,839 pounds of Trader Joe's Steamed Chicken Soup Dumplings. The products — shipped to Trader Joe's stores nationwide — may be contaminated with foreign material, specifically hard plastic fragments from a permanent marker pen.

According to an Associated Press report, CJ Foods Manufacturing Beaumont Corporation says the plastic pieces contaminated the dumplings during the manufacturing process.

In a U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announcement, the agency said the recall occurred because consumers reported finding hard plastic in the dumplings. However, the FSIS said there have been no reports of injuries related to the recalled products.

The recalled Trader Joe's Steamed Chicken Soup Dumplings (SKU# 54988) came in 6-ounce boxes with plastic trays that contained six dumplings. The products recalled have a best-by date of March 7, 2025, and lot codes C1-1 or C1-2 are printed on the side of the box. They also show the number "P-46009" inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Recalled Trader Joe's Steamed Chicken Soup Dumplings
Image of recalled Steamed Chicken Soup Dumplings courtesy of Trader Joe's

Trader Joe's advises consumers to discard the recalled chicken soup dumplings or return them for a full refund. Moreover, people should check their freezers to ensure they do not contain these products.

This food product recall follows a slew of other non-foreign object-related recalls, including Quaker Granola Bars, due to potential salmonella contamination and dairy products from Costco, Trader Joe's, and other retailers linked to a Listeria outbreak.

The FDA says that foreign matter contamination of food products can happen, but most are harmless to humans. Common contaminants include hair, insect fragments, and other "filth types." The agency decides whether the contaminants meet action-level criteria based on what type of foreign matter they find in the food and information about how the food is grown, harvested, and processed.

Important Information
Consumers with questions or concerns about the now-recalled dumplings can contact CJ Foods Manufacturing Beaumont Corporation's Consumer Experience Department at (800) 544-6855 or Trader Joe's Customer Relations at (626) 599-3817.

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