RECALL: Chicken Nuggets possibly contaminated with plastic


Tyson Foods, Inc. is recalling around 132,520 pounds of fully cooked chicken nuggets that could be contaminated with hard plastic.  The recall is for Panko Chicken Nuggets that were produced on July 18, 2016.  This is a Class I recall (see below for definitions of recall classes).  The items included in the recall are as follows:

  • 5-lb. bag 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 Cooking, Panko Chicken Nuggets, Nugget Shaped Chicken Breast Pattie Fritters With Rib Meat” with production date of July 18, 2016 and case code 2006SDL03

(CLICK HERE for a look at the labels of recalled items)

The recalled products have the establishment number “EST. 13556.”  It is printed next tot he “Best if Used By” date on the back of the package.  The 20-pound cases were shipped for use in Pennsylvania at institutions.  The five-pound bags where shipped to retailers across the country.

The problem was found after Tyson Foods received complaints about something being in the nuggets.  The plastic found int he food was between 21 mm in length and 6.5 mm around.  It may have from from a round, hard plastic rod which was used to connect a plastic transfer belt.  According to officials with the company, the products pass through a metal detector, but the plastic would not have been detectable by the device.

There are no confirmed reports of anyone having an adverse reaction to the consumption of the products.  Anyone who has a concern is advised to contact their healthcare provider.  People are being asked throw away the products or return them to the location where they were bought.

USDA Recall Classifications
Class IThis is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class IIThis is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class IIIThis is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.

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