Tyson Foods has recalled frozen chicken nuggets sold exclusively at Sam’s Club locations, following reports of mouth injuries suffered by consumers as a result of small pieces of plastic that were in some of the nuggets.
The Sam’s Club Tyson chicken nugget recall was announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on April 4, due to concerns that up to 75,000 pounds of the frozen foods may be contaminated with small pieces of plastic.
According to the FSIS, the small plastic pieces appear to come from a product scraper inside a blending machine at one of Tyson Foods chicken production facilities. Tyson Foods indicates that it is working closely with the USDA and has determined the affected products were manufactured on two days, January 26 and February 16, on a single production line with a faulty product scraper.
The recall includes five-pound bags of Tyson Fully Cooked, White Meat Frozen Chicken Nuggets, with product code 16142-928 and manufacturer codes 0264SDL0315 through 19 and 0474SDL0311 through 14. The affected bags also have “Best if Used By” dates of January 26, 2015 or February 16, 2015.
Also included in the recall are 20-pound bulk packs of “Spare Time Fully Cooked Nugget-Shaped Chicken Breast Pattie Fritters w/Rib Meat”, which contain product code 16142-861 and manufacturer codes 0264SDL0315 through 19 and 0474SDL0311 through 14. These products were shipped only for institutional use in Indiana and Arkansas and bear the establishment code P-13556.
The affected five pound bags were sold exclusively at Sam’s Club stores nationwide and the FSIS has confirmed that no other products are impacted by the recall.
Customers with questions can contact Tyson Foods by calling (866) 328-3156, or by contacting Sam’s Club where the products were purchased for further recall details.