Tyson Foods Inc is recalling about 132,520 pounds of fully cooked chicken nugget products that may be contaminated with hard plastic, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced.
The fully cooked Panko Chicken Nuggets items were produced July 18, 2016. These products are subject to recall:
•5-lb bags containing “Tyson FULLY COOKED PANKO CHICKEN NUGGETS” with a “Best If Used By” date of July 18, 2017 and case code 2006SDL03 and 2006SDL33.
•20-lb bulk packages containing “SPARE TIME Fully Cooked, Panko Chicken Nuggets, Nugget Shaped Chicken Breast Pattie Fritters With Rib Meat” with a production date of July 18, 2016 and case code 2006SDL03.
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 13556” printed adjacent to the “Best If Used By” date on the back of the package. The 20-lb cases were shipped for institutional use in Pennsylvania, and the five-pound bags were shipped to retail locations nationally.
This problem was discovered after the firm received consumer complaints regarding foreign material contamination of chicken nugget products. According to Tyson Foods, the plastic material ranged in size from 21 mm in length and 6.5 mm in diameter and may have come from a round, hard plastic rod used to connect a plastic transfer belt. The firm said the products pass through a metal detector, but the plastic is not detectable to this technology.
There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.
Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
Those with questions about the recall can contact Tyson Foods’ Consumer Relations at 866-328-3156.