Chicken Nuggets Recalled

PUBLISHED: 6:31 PM 30 Jan 2019

Chicken Nuggets Contaminated With ‘Small Pieces of Plastic’

The recall impacts five pound bags of chicken nuggets, and the company says no one had any ‘adverse’ reactions.

Don't eat these chicken nuggets, throw them away.

Tyson Foods is recalling more than 18 tons of frozen, fully cooked chicken nuggets after consumers reported finding small blue pieces of plastic in the meat.

The U.S. Agriculture Department reported consumer complaints about extraneous material in five-pound packages of Tyson White Meat Panko Chicken Nuggets.

“A small number of consumers contacted the company to say they had found small pieces of soft, blue plastic in the nuggets, prompting the company to issue the recall,” Tyson said in a statement.

The company reported the “Panko Nuggets” were sold at club stores nationwide, but the recall notice on its website did not name specific retailers who carried and sold the product.

“A small number of consumers contacted the company to say they had found small pieces of soft, blue plastic in the nuggets, prompting the company to issue the recall,” according to a notice on the Tyson corporate website.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) posted a similar recall for consumers.

“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,” according to the USDA website.

“FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers. 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,” the recall notice reads.

USDA policy allows for the agency to gather and post retailers that receive recalled products as they become available. So far, the club stores identified are distributors located in Arizona, California, Illinois, New Jersey and Utah.

As stated, federal officials are concerned that consumers may have unused portions of the bad product in homes, because the best-by date is not until Nov. 26 this year.

Tyson reports all 36,420 pounds of the nuggets were produced on Nov. 26, 2018, and the packages have establishment number “P-13556” printed on the USDA seal.

Other label codes that indicate the contaminated batch include:

  • 5-lb. plastic packages of “Tyson WHITE MEAT PANKO CHICKEN NUGGETS”
  • “BEST IF USED BY” date of “NOV 26 2019”
  • Case code “3308SDL03”
  • Time stamps 23:00 through 01:59, inclusive

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Tyson consumer relations at  888-747-7611, and everyone is urged to throw the product away immediately.