Tyson Foods is recalling approximately 132,520 pounds of fully cooked chicken nugget products that may be contaminated with hard plastic, the U.S.D.A.'s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced on Tuesday, September 27th. A release from Tyson Foods indicates the five-pound bags of Fully Cooked Panko Chicken Nuggets were sold at Costco locations nationwide.
The recall also includes a small number of 20-pound cases of bulk Spare Time brand cooked nugget-shaped chicken breast pattie fritters with rib meat that were sold to a single wholesaler in Pennsylvania.
Products sold in smaller packages or at any other retailer aren't affected by this recall, according to a release from Tyson.
The fully cooked Panko Chicken Nuggets items were produced on July 18, 2016. The following products are subject to recall:
For 5-pound bags of Tyson® Fully Cooked Panko Chicken Nuggets purchased at Costco since July 2016, the recall includes:
Item # 23575-928
Lots feature “best if used by” dates of July 18, 2017 with case codes 2006SDL03 or 2006SDL33
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-13556” printed adjacent to the “Best If Used By” date on the back of the package.
The cases of bulk Spare Time patties (Item# 23575-861) have the same “use by” dates listed above.
If you have purchased any of the affected items, you should discard the product, cut the UPC and date code from the back of the packaging and mail it to the following address for a full refund:
Tyson Foods – CP631
P.O. Box 2020
Springdale, AR 72765-9989
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.
Tyson said the products pass through a metal detector, but the plastic is not detectable.
There have been no reports of adverse reactions. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.
Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to eat them and to either throw them away or return them to the place of purchase.
Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Tyson Foods’ Consumer Relations at (866) 328-3156.