Tyson Foods Inc. of Springdale, Ariz., has recalled more than 75,000 pounds of chicken nuggets, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Friday.
Five-pound, frozen, fully cooked white meat chicken were reportedly contaminated with extraneous materials, the department's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced. Customers complained about finding small pieces of plastic inside nuggets.
The company said the complaints were made by a “small amount of customers,” but the recall went into effect anyway. The plastic problem stemmed from a product scraper inside a blending machine, according to the department. No illnesses have been reported because of the plastic material, but the company received complaints of customers having minor oral injuries.
Twenty-pound bulk packs of nugget-shaped white meat breast patties, which had been sent out for institutional use in Indiana and Arkansas, were also part of the Tyson recall.
The recalled nuggets were apparently manufactured Jan. 26 and Feb. 16 on a single line at an unspecified production facility. The company reportedly owns 40 different production sites.
Customers can discover if they purchased contaminated chicken nuggets by consulting the package code. The tainted five-pound nugget bags have manufacturer codes of 0264SDL0315 through 19 and 0474SDL0311 through 14. Additionally, the establishment number P-13556 can also be found on the bags.
The 20-pound nugget-shaped breast patties have identifying case codes of 0264SDL0315 through 19 and 0474SDL0311 through 14.
According to Food Safety News, Tyson Foods spokesman Dan Fogelman said anyone who has an affected product should throw it out, cut the UPC and date code from the back of the bag and mail it to this 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.
Questions can be answered about the recall by calling Tyson Foods Consumer Services toll-free at (866) 328-3156.
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