Tyson recalling chicken nuggets due to plastic contamination

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Tyson Foods Inc. is recalling approximately 132,520 pounds of fully cooked chicken nugget products that may be contaminated with hard plastic.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service made the announcement Tuesday.

The Panko Chicken Nugget items were produced on July 18, 2016. The following products are subject to recall:

- 5-pound bag of Tyson Fully Cooked Panko Chicken Nuggets with a "best if used by" date of July 18, 2017 and case code 2006SDL03 and 2006SDL33.

- 20-pound bulk packages of Spare Time Fully Cooked, Panko Chicken Nuggets, Nugget Shaped Chicken Breast Pattie Fritters with Rib Meat with a production date of July 18, 2016 and case code 2006SDL03.

According to the USDA, the 20-pound bags were shipped for institutional use in Pennsylvania and the 5-pound bags were shipped to national retail locations.

According to Tyson, the plastic material ranged in size from 21 mm in length and 6.5 mm in diameter and may have come from a round, hard plastic rod used to connect a plastic transfer belt.

Officials said there have been no confirmed reports of reactions due to consumption of the products.

Officials said anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider. Anyone who has purchased the products are urged not to eat them. The products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

Anyone with questions about the recall should contact Tyson Foods' Consumer Relations at (866) 328-3156.