Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale, AR, is recalling approximately 75,320 pounds of frozen, fully cooked chicken nugget products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Friday.
- 5-lb. bags of “Tyson Fully Cooked White Meat Chicken Nuggets – 16142-928” with a “Best if Used By” date of “Jan 26 2015” or Feb 16 2015.” The manufacturer codes “0264SDL0315 through 19” and “0474SDL0311 through 14” can also be found on the bags. These products were produced Jan. 26, 2014, or Feb. 16, 2014, and shipped nationwide to Sam’s Clubs.
- 20-lb. bulk packs of “Spare Time Fully Cooked Nugget-Shaped Chicken Breast Pattie Fritters w/Rib Meat – 16142-861” with identifying case codes of “0264SDL0315 through 19” and “0474SDL0311 through 14.” These products were produced Jan. 26 and Feb. 16, 2014, and were shipped for institutional use in Indiana and to a Tyson Foods company store in Arkansas.
The product bags bear the establishment number “P-13556.” The problem was discovered after the firm received consumer complaints that small pieces of plastic were found in the products. The problem was traced to a product scraper inside a blending machine. The company has received reports of minor oral injury associated with consumption of these products. FSIS has received no additional reports of injury or illness from consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness from consumption of these products should contact a healthcare provider. Tyson Foods spokesman Dan Fogelman sent out release on Friday afternoon stating that the affected product lots were produced on two days on a single line at one of the company’s 40 chicken production facilities and that products sold in smaller packages or at any other retailer are not affected by this recall. He said that anyone having a bag of the affected product should discard the product, cut the UPC and date code from the back of the bag, and mail it to the following address for a full refund: Tyson Foods – CP631, P.O. Box 2020, Springdale, AR, 72765-9989. “Tyson Foods has inspected all lines at the production facility to ensure product quality standards are being met and has implemented corrective measures at all of its facilities to prevent similar occurrences from happening,” Fogelman stated. FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify that recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Tyson Foods Consumer Services toll-free at (866) 328-3156.