Tyson announces chicken nugget recall

    WASHINGTON – Tyson Foods is recalling more than 132,000 pounds of cooked chicken nuggets due to the possibility some may have hard plastic within them.

    The US Department of Agriculture says the recall impacts 5-lb bags of “Tyson Fully Cooked Panko Chicken Nuggets” with an expiration date of July 18, 2017 and case codes 2006SDL03 and 2006SDL33, as well as 20-lb bulk packages of “Spare Time Fully Cooked, Panko Chicken Nuggets, Nugget-Shaped Chicken Breast Pattie Fritters With Rib Meat”.

    The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 13556” printed adjacent to the “Best If Used By” date on the back of the package. The 20-pound cases were shipped for institutional use in Pennsylvania and the five-pound bags were shipped to retail locations nationally.

    The problem was discovered after consumer complaints regarding foreign material contamination of chicken nugget products. According to Tyson Foods, the plastic material ranged in size from 21mm in length and 6.5mm in diameter and may have come from a round, hard plastic rod used to connect a plastic transfer belt.

    There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

    Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.