Tyson recalls chicken nuggets for potential plastic contamination

Tyson recalls chicken nuggets for potential plastic contamination
In this photo made Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, a Tyson Foods, Inc., truck is parked at a food warehouse in Little Rock, Ark. (Source: AP/Danny Johnston)
In this photo made Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009, a Tyson Foods, Inc., truck is parked at a food warehouse in Little Rock, Ark. (Source: AP/Danny Johnston)

(RNN) - Tyson Foods recalled approximately 132,520 pounds of fully cooked chicken products for a possible contamination of hard plastic, the USDA stated Tuesday.

The recall covers 5-pound bags of Tyson Fully Cooked Panko Chicken Nuggets with a best if used by date of July 18, 2017, and case code 2006SDL03 and 2006SDL33. The item was sold nationwide at Costco locations.

Also recalled were 20-pound bulk packages of Spare Time Fully Cooked, Panko Chicken Nuggets, Nugget Shaped Chicken Breast Pattie Fritters with Rib Meat with a production date of July 18, 2016, and case code 2006SDL03. They were sold to a single wholesaler in Pennsylvania, Tyson stated.

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service said the problem was discovered after Tyson received complaints of foreign material contamination of chicken nugget products. The plastic material ranged in size from 21mm in length and 6.5 mm in diameter.

It may have come from a round, hard plastic rod used to connect a plastic transfer belt.

Tyson stated there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them, and the products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Tyson Foods' Consumer Relations at 866-328-3156 or email comments@tyson.com.

Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative, available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline, 1-888-674-6854, is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

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