Tyson Foods recalled thousands of pounds of its chicken nuggets Friday after customers reported injuries from small pieces of plastic found in the chicken.
The Springdale-based company recalled 75,320 pounds of frozen, fully-cooked chicken nuggets that had been tainted with plastic from a faulty product scraper inside a blending machine, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Two separate chicken nugget products were recalled in connection with the incident, including 20-pound bulk packs of “Spare Time Fully Cooked Nugget-Shaped Chicken Breast Pattie Fritters w/Rib Meat—16142-861,” which were shipped for institutional use in Arkansas and Indiana, according to the Federal Safety and Inspection Service.
The other product recalled were five-pound bags of “Tyson Fully Cooked White Meat Chicken Nuggets—16142-928,” which were shipped nationwide to a retail warehouse club chain.
Tyson has received complaints of minor oral injuries associated with the pieces of plastic found in the chicken, according to federal safety officials.
Anyone with questions about the recall should contact Tyson Foods Consumer Services at 1-866-328-3156.
A statement released Friday by the USDA includes the following description of the products being recalled:
• 5-lb. bags of “Tyson Fully Cooked White Meat Chicken Nuggets – 16142-928” with a “Best if Used By” date of “Jan 26 2015” or Feb 16 2015.” The manufacturer codes “0264SDL0315 through 19” and “0474SDL0311 through 14” can also be found on the bags. These products were produced Jan. 26, 2014 or Feb. 16, 2014 and shipped nationwide to one retail warehouse club chain.
• 20-lb. bulk packs of “Spare Time Fully Cooked Nugget-Shaped Chicken Breast Pattie Fritters w/Rib Meat – 16142-861” with identifying case codes of “0264SDL0315 through 19” and “0474SDL0311 through 14.” These products were produced Jan. 26 and Feb. 16, 2014 and were shipped for institutional use in Indiana and Arkansas.