June 21, 2016 -- Nearly 56,000 pounds of Gold'n Plump and Just Bare brand chicken have been recalled after black sand and soil was found in some of the products due to tampering by an employee.
The health risk posed by the contamination is high, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). It said there have not been any confirmed reports of illness or injury from the recalled chicken, CBS News reported.
"Contrary to initial reports, only one of the products being recalled is sold in the grocery store meat case, the rest are bulk and custom items sold through foodservice and institutional outlets," St. Cloud, Minnesota-based GNP said in a statement.
The retail product being recalled is Just Bare Whole Chicken (UPC 024105594057) sold in four-pound poly-bags, with a use-by/freeze-by date stamp of 6/26/16, and the code P-322 inside the USDA mark of inspection.
Consumers who bought the chicken should throw it away or return it to the place of purchase for a refund, GNP said.
The company said the contamination is the result of tampering that occurred at its Cold Spring processing plant the week of June 6, CBS News reported.
"The individual responsible has been identified, their employment terminated, and the case turned over to law enforcement," the company said. "Because the investigation is ongoing, GNP Company is not able to provide additional details about the case."