Tysons Food recalls chicken nuggets after hard plastic found

- Tysons Food Inc. is recalling 132,520 pounds of its fully cooked chicken nuggets after hard plastic was found in some of the products. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service issued a statement announcing the recall of the Panko Chicken Nuggets on Tuesday.

The following Tysons Food products are affected by the recall:

  • 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 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.

Officials say the plastic, sized at 21mm in length and 6.5mm in diameter, may have come from a round, hard plastic rod used to connect a plastic transfer belt at Tyson’s production facility. The company says the nuggets pass through a metal detector, but the plastic is not detectable to that technology.

Anyone who has purchased an affected product should discard it or return it to the place of purchase.

If you have any question, please contact the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-674-6854, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern time.

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