Over 75,000 pounds of frozen Tyson white meat chicken nuggets which were sold in 5-pound packets have been recalled by Tyson Foods. These were displayed at Sam’s Club outlets throughout the United States. The reason was the presence of little pieces of plastic in the white meat.
"A small number of consumers who contacted the company indicated they had found small pieces of plastic in the nuggets, prompting the company to issue the recall. The affected product lots were produced on two days on a single line at one of the company’s 40 chicken production facilities," according to Tyson Foods.
Tyson Foods is the biggest center for meat production in the US. It bought back its five pound packets of the hazardous chicken nuggets from the various venues. Several people had lodged complaints with the stores regarding the small plastic pieces which had orally hurt a few of them.
"Though the plastic pieces have been found in a very small number of packages, out of an abundance of caution, the company is recalling 75,320 pounds of product. The products were shipped to Sam’s Club distribution centers nationwide and in Puerto Rico in late January and in February," states the company.
The company has issued guidelines to all Americans to return any of the packets for a full refund or exchange at their respective shopping venues. The pieces may be hazardous which is why this step had to be taken. Also included in the recall orders were the 20 pound packets of chicken breast patties.
"Also being recalled are 40 cases of Spare Time brand fully cooked nugget-shaped chicken breast pattie fritters w/ rib meat (Item# 16142-861) in 20-pound bulk cases. These were sold to a single institutional customer in Indiana and at the Tyson Foods company store in Lowell, Ark. The bulk cases have the same manufacturing codes and “use by” dates" shown in above image.
Tyson also declares that its other products sold in smaller packages or at any other retailer are not affected by this recall. It’s a good thing that the rest of the products by Tyson Foods are not faulty.
The fault lay in a scraper inside a blender at the company premises. It caused the plastic pieces to accumulate in the texture of the nuggets. Up until now no sickness or complications have been reported among consumers.
Except for minor annoyance and irritation upon finding foreign material in the nuggets, the overall scenario is one of a low health risk. However, this is not the first time that a recall has been made by Tyson Foods. So its reputation is on the line and in the future the company will have to be more careful.
The USDA gave the order for the recall of the nuggets. Previously, there has been a similar case of product contamination with beef being the center of attention instead of chicken. But that was another company based in California that recalled huge amounts of organ meats and beef products which were deemed unfit for consumption.
According to Tyson Foods: If a consumer has a bag of affected product, they should discard the product, cut the UPC and date code from the back of the bag and mail it to the following address for a full refund:
Tyson Foods – CP631
P.O. Box 2020
Springdale, AR 72765-9989"
Tyson Foods has inspected all lines at the production facility to ensure product quality standards are being met and has implemented corrective measures at all of its facilities to prevent similar occurrences from happening.
Tyson is recalling 5-lb bags frozen chicken nuggets sold at Sam’s Club. Smaller pkgs & other retailers not affected http://t.co/ZfHvNb3I0x— Tyson Foods (@TysonFoods) April 4, 2014