Following numerous complaints from consumers about finding small chunks of plastic in their chicken nuggets, Tyson Foods launched an investigation and were indeed able to find a problem with a scraper in one of their blending machines. As a result, Tyson Foods is voluntarily recalling more than 75,000 pounds of chicken nuggets.
According to the U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA), this is a class II recall, which means the chicken nuggets present a health hazard that has a remote probability of affecting consumers with adverse consequences to their overall health should they consume the product. Tyson Foods has thoroughly inspected every line of their production, and by doing so, they were able to determine that a scraper within one of the blending machines was responsible for the plastic contamination.
All of the chicken nuggets in question were produced over a two-day period using the same machine between Jan. 26, 2014 and Feb. 16, 2014. The product was packaged in two different size bags, five-pound bags of frozen fully cooked white meat nuggets and 20-pound bags of frozen fully cooked chicken nugget-shaped breast pattie fritters with rib meat, and were distributed for warehouse and institutional use.
The five-pound bags of chicken nuggets, number 16142-928, were distributed exclusively to Sam’s Club stores nationwide and in Puerto Rico. The packages had the following manufacturer codes, 0264SDL0315 up to 0264SDL0319 and 0474SDL0311 up to 0474SDL0314. Alternately, the UPC numbers are 0-23700-02178 6 or 300-23700-02178 7. All manufacturer codes and UPCs are clearly marked on the bags.
The 20-pound bags of chicken nuggets, number 16142-861, were distributed to Indiana and Arkansas exclusively for institutional use and had the following case codes 0264SDL0315 up to 0264SDL0319 and 0474SDL0311 up to 0474SDL0314. Alternately, the UPC numbers are 0-23700-02178 6 or 300-23700-02178 7. All case codes and UPCs are clearly identifiable on the packaging.
All of the recalled chicken nuggets have the same establishment number, P-13556.
To date, only one small oral injury has been reported as a result of consuming the contaminated chicken nuggets. Tyson Foods is recalling more than 75,000 pounds of chicken nuggets in an effort to correct the problem and prevent any further injuries.
The company has issued a statement saying that they are working hard to rectify the situation. Inspectors with Tyson Foods have thoroughly checked all lines of production at all of their facilities to ensure quality standards are being met. In addition, they have implemented corrective measures throughout all of their facilities to ensure that this type of problem does not occur again in the future.
This recall does not affect any retail grocery store chain purchases, only Sam’s Club and institutions within Indiana and Arkansas. Anyone who purchased the five-pound or 20-pound bags of Tyson Foods chicken nuggets from January to the present should check the manufacturer codes and immediately cease use of the product if a match is found. Any contaminated product should be discarded immediately, and a full refund can be obtained by mailing the UPC and date code to Tyson – CP631, P.O. Box 2020, Springdale, AR 72765-9989.
Tyson Foods is urging anyone who may have questions regarding their recall of more than 75,000 pounds of chicken nuggets, to contact their customer service hotline at 866-328-3156.
By Donna W. Martin