Tyson Foods Inc., maker of family favorite chicken nuggets, has recalled a brand of nuggets that may be contaminated with hard plastic.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, or FSIS, announced Tuesday, Sept. 27, that Tyson is recalling 132,520 pounds of fully cooked chicken nuggets. The Panko Chicken Nuggets were produced July 18, 2016, and the following products are being recalled:
- 5-pound bags of “Tyson Fully Cooked Panko Chicken Nuggets” with a best if used by date of July 18, 2017, and a case code of 2006SDL03 and 2006SDL33. The 5-pound bags were shipped to grocery and retail stores across the U.S.
- 20-pound bulk packages containing “SPARE TIME Fully Cooked, Panko Chicken Nuggets, Nugget shaped Chicken Breast Pattie Fritters with Rib Meat” with the same production date and case code 2006SDL03. The 20-pound cases were shipped to Pennsylvania for institutional use.
The products also have the establishment number EST. 13556 printed adjacent to the best if used by date on the back of the package.
Tyson Foods discovered the problem after receiving complaints of plastic material ranging in size from 21 to 6.5 millimeters that may have come from a round, hard plastic rod used to connect a plastic transfer belt. The company said the products passed through a metal detector, which is not able to detect plastic, a USDA press release said.
There are no confirmed reports of people becoming sick or having any other adverse reactions because of eating these products. Consumers are asked to throw away this brand of nuggets.
Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Tyson Foods’ Consumer Relations at 866-328-3156.