Tyson is recalling about 18 tons of frozen chicken nuggets, due to a risk that they may contain small pieces of rubber debris.
The U.S. Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) announced the Tyson Foods chicken nugget recall on January 29, following several consumer complaints of blue rubber pieces that appear to have entered the products at some point during the manufacturing process.
To date, no injuries have been reported in relation to the recall. Tyson Foods officials indicate that the origin, amount, and size range of the individual pieces of the extraneous material is still unknown.
The recall affects an estimated 36,420 pounds of Tyson White Meat Panko Chicken Nuggets. The nuggets were packed in five pound plastic bags, and marked with a “Best If Used By” date of November 26, 2019. The packaging is marked with the case code 3308SDL03, and an establishment number P-13556 inside the USDA mark of inspection.
The recalled nugget products were manufactured by Tyson Foods, Inc. of Sedalia, Missouri. They were shipped to various retail locations nationwide. The FSIS and Tyson Foods are currently working on a list of known retailers and will update the recall announcement when the information is available.
Currently, Tyson Foods is notifying all known retailers to remove the products from store shelves immediately, and to quarantine the product until further instruction is given.
Extraneous material within food can cause a variety of adverse health consequences including lacerations to the mouth, choking, bowel perforations and even emergency removal surgery depending on the nature of the contamination.
The recall has been categorized as a Class I recall, indicating it is the most serious recall and indicates there is a reasonable probability that the use of or the exposure to a volatile product will cause serious adverse health consequences, including death.
Customers are being encouraged to check their freezers for any impacted inventory, and should stop eating the recalled nuggets immediately. Those with recalled chicken nuggets should throw them away, or return them to the place of purchase. For additional questions or concerns regarding the recall, customers can contact Tyson Consumer Relations at 1-888-747-7611.