GNP Company Product Recall Includes NO Gold’n Plump Chicken Sold in Grocery Meat Case or Deli; One Just BARE Whole Chicken Product

GNP Company recall limited mostly to branded bulk and custom foodservice products, and one retail item. 

St. Cloud, Minn. (June 19, 2016) — GNP Company, a provider of premium natural chicken in the Upper Midwest and parent company of the Just BARE and Gold’n Plump brands, has recalled 55,608 pounds of chicken. 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.  

Safety is GNP Company’s number one core value and its first priority—for its people and its products.  The company is working to collect all recalled products and remove them from commerce.

The USDA Food Safety & Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a Class I recall of some of the company’s products on Saturday, June 18.  The affected product may be contaminated with extraneous foreign matter, and is linked to an isolated product tampering incident that occurred at the company’s Cold Spring processing plant the week of June 6.  Law enforcement authorities are currently handling the case. 

The one retail item being recalled is Just BARE Whole Chicken (UPC 024105594057), sold in 4-pound poly-bags, with a use-by/freeze-by date stamp of 6/26/16. No other Just BARE whole chicken, tray pack or deli products are affected. The product bears code P-322 inside the USDA mark of inspection.  Consumers who have purchased this item are urged not to use or consume it. These products should be disposed of or returned to the store where purchased for a refund.

Customers and consumers with questions about the recall can contact GNP Company at:

    • Just BARE: 1-877-328-2838
    • Gold’n Plump: 1-800-328-2838

A third-party lab verified the foreign matter to be benign, natural materials including dirt/sand.  However, because the company cannot say with 100% certainty that the product is safe for consumption, the product recall is being classified as a USDA-FSIS Class 1 Product Recall.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption or use of these products.


About GNP Company® | Dedicated to Healthy Food, Families & Farms.

Based in St. Cloud, Minn., GNP Company is a provider of premium branded and custom chicken products to retail, deli and foodservice customers nationally. Founded by E.M. Helgeson in 1926 and purchased in 2013 by Maschhoff Family Foods, GNP Company remains family-owned. It distributes products under the Just BARE® and Gold’n Plump® brand names. Together, the company’s more than 1,700 team members and 360 family farm partners in Minnesota and Wisconsin provide enough chicken for about 5 million consumers annually. For more information about the company and its mission of “dedicated to healthy food, families and farms,” visit

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