If you're a fan of quick and easy chicken nuggets, you might want to check your freezer. Tyson Foods issued a voluntary recall on over 130,000 pounds of chicken nuggets on Tuesday, and the reason behind the recall is less than pleasant: Two chicken nugget items may have been contaminated with hard plastic. If you're headed to clear the freezer of any possibly plastic poultry products, you may be wondering which Tyson chicken nuggets have been recalled and what you should be doing with the recalled meat.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the recall affects 5-pound bags of Tyson's "Fully Cooked Panko Chicken Nuggets" and Spare Time's 20-pound bags of "Fully Cooked, Panko Chicken Nuggets, Nugget Shaped Chicken Breast Pattie Fritters With Rib Meat." Since the Spare Time nuggets were sold exclusively to a single wholesaler in Pennsylvania for institutional use, most people should only be concerned about the 5-pound bags of chicken nuggets, which came with a best-by date of July 18, 2017 and a case code of either 2006SDL03 or 2006SDL33. (The 20-pound Spare Time nuggets had a production date of July 18, 2016 and a case code of 2006SDL03.)
According to a press release issued by Tyson Foods, the recall was issued after a number of consumers contacted the company. "They had found small pieces of hard, white plastic in the nuggets," the press release read. The plastic pieces were reportedly found in only a small quantity of packages, and no injuries or illnesses have been reported as a result, but Tyson Foods decided to recall the 132,520 pounds of chicken nuggets that may have been affected. The plastic may have come from a round, plastic rod that's used with a transfer belt during production.
The recall is classified as Class I and comes with a high health risk, according to the USDA. According to CNN, that means that ingesting the product could cause "serious, adverse health consequences or death." Luckily, none have been reported so far.
To avoid adding plastic to your or your tots' diet, throw out the affected Tyson packages immediately or return them to the store where you bought them for a refund. If you decide to toss the packets but would like a refund, make sure to cut the UPC and date codes from the back of the packet first, then mail them to "Tyson Foods – CP631, P.O. Box 2020, Springdale, AR 72765-9989." Afterwards, make sure to spread the word: with 132,000 pounds of chicken being recalled, chances are your friends may have some of it in their freezers, as well.