Tyson Recalls 132K Pounds of Chicken Nuggets Due to ‘Hard Plastic Contamination’
Tyson Foods Inc. announced a recall of chicken nuggets after consumers reported finding hard plastic material in their food.
Tyson Foods Inc. is recalling approximately 132,520 pounds of it's fully cooked chicken nuggets, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.
According to a statement from the company, the recall was prompted by complaints from customers who said they discovered "foreign material contamination" in the chicken nuggets. Tyson says the plastic was between 21 and 6.6 mm in diameter and may have come from a round, hard plastic rod that the company says was used "to connect a plastic transfer belt." Although the food products distributed by Tyson are put through metal detectors, the equipment can't identify plastic.
So far, no illnesses or adverse reactions have been reported as a result of the possible contamination, the USDA says.
According to the USDA, the potentially contaminated products include Tyson's fully-cooked Panko Chicken Nuggets that were produced on July 18, 2016. Click here for a list of the products that were recalled and to see the product labels.
Tyson says the 20-pound cases of nuggets were shipped for institutional use in Pennsylvania. In addition, five-pound bags were shipped to retail locations throughout the country.