Tyson Foods is recalling 75,320 pounds of chicken product after a “small number” of consumers complained about bits of plastic found in their Tyson chicken nuggets.
The Tyson chicken products were produced at the same facility over two days, Jan. 26 and Feb.16. Consumers should check any 5lb bags of chicken nuggets sold at Sams Clubs for the following product identifiers:
UPC: 0-23700-02178 6 or 300-23700-02178 7
Item # 16142-928
Manufacturer’s Code: 0264SDL0315 through 0319 or
0474SDL0311 through 0314
Lots feature “best if used by” dates of
Jan 26, 2015 or Feb 16, 2015
If you find a 5lb bag of Tyson Foods chicken nuggets with these identifiers, discard the nuggets, cut the UPC and date code from the back of the bag and mail the UPC code to the following address for a full refund:
Tyson Foods – CP631
P.O. Box 2020
Springdale, AR 72765-9989
Also affected are Spare Time brand fully cooked nugget-shaped chicken breast pattie fritters with rib meat (Item# 16142-861) which are only sold in 20-pound bulk cases at two locations, a store in Indiana and the Tyson Foods company store in Lowell, Ark.
After customers called to complain about bits of plastic found in their nuggets, Tyson Foods traced the problem to a product scraper inside a blending machine. Tyson Foods claims that they have inspected their facilities and implemented “corrective measures” to help prevent their food from being contaminated in the future.
So far, Tyson Foods has only received complaints of minor oral injury from the plastic pieces found in a few of their 5lb bags of chicken nuggets, according to the Food Safety and Inspection Service. The FSIS suggests that any consumers concerned about injury or illness from the contaminated product contact their health care providers.
This is the second recall for Tyson Foods this year. In January, Tyson Foods recalled over 34 thousand pounds of chicken product after a salmonella scare in Tennessee. The affected product was not sold in grocery stores but was used in correctional facilities, according to WFSA.
Another recent recall involves listeria contamination in food produced at a Minnesota company and sold at stores like Costco, Walmart, and ALDI. Food can also be recalled for a lack of proper inspection during production or at importation.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the voluntary Tyson Foods recall Friday. To read up on other active FSIS recalls, visit their Current Recalls and Alerts page.
Customers with questions about the recall should call Tyson Foods Consumer Services toll free at 866-328-3156.