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Trinity woman claims chicken head was stuck in store-bought chicken

Photo Source: Wanda Stansberry Photo Source: Wanda Stansberry
Photo Source: Wanda Stansberry Photo Source: Wanda Stansberry
Photo Source: Wanda Stansberry Photo Source: Wanda Stansberry

By Whitney Grunder - email

TRINITY, TX (KTRE) - A Trinity woman says she is seeking legal action against Pilgrim's Pride after she claims she opened a chicken and found a chicken head inside of it.

Wanda Stansberry, 80, said she had thawed out a chicken in a sink. Thursday night, she opened it to wash it out when she saw a chicken beak, eyes, head and what appeared to be wings inside the chicken.

She showed it to her daughter, Joyce Maze, of Austin, who was visiting and they thought it was a whole chicken inside the chicken. But Friday afternoon, they reacted with disgust as they pulled the chicken head out, which did not have a body attached to it, and what appeared to be a chicken heart.

Stansberry said they filed a complaint with Pilgrim's Pride and are planning legal action against them, as Maze says she is concerned it could have put her mother in danger if she had not noticed it.

Stansberry said Pilgrim's Pride offered to send her a coupon.

Pilgrim's Pride released a statement Friday afternoon, regarding the allegation.

"We have looked into the allegations made by the customer.  It is difficult to determine with any certainty what may have happened, as we do not have the product itself or the bag that it came in.   Based on information the customer provided to us, it appears that the product may have been produced in Gainesville last August with a sell-by date of Sept. 9, 2009.  I can assure you that product quality is a top priority for Pilgrim's Pride and we take this matter very seriously.  Our whole birds are inspected at numerous points along the production line, including by a USDA inspector.  We have not received any reports of similar complaints involving product from that same plant.  We have apologized for any inconvenience to the customer and offered her coupons for future purchases, which she declined."

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