Tyson Foods Inc. is recalling about 75,000 pounds of frozen chicken nuggets because they may be contaminated with "foreign matter," likely bits of plastic from a scraper inside a blending machine, federal agriculture officials said Friday.
The firm, based in Springdale, Ark., is voluntarily recalling 5-pound bags of frozen white meat chicken nuggets sold at Sam's Club locations nationwide. Products sold in smaller packages or at any other retailer are not affected by the recall, Tyson officials said.
The problem was discovered after the firm received consumer complaints about small pieces of plastic, including one report of a minor mouth injury in someone who ate the nuggets, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported.
Company officials said the affected product lots were produced on two days on a single line at one of the company's 40 chicken production plants.
The firm is also recalling 40 cases of Spare Tire brand fully-cooked nugget-shaped chicken breast pattie fritters with rib meat, known as Item# 16142-861 sold in 20-pound bulk cases. They were sold to a single institutional customer in Indiana and at the Tyson Foods company store in Lowell, Ark.
Consumers who bought the 5-pound bags of frozen, fully-cooked Tyson white meat chicken nuggets at Sam's Club since January 2014 should compare any remaining product with these product identifiers:
UPC: 0-23700-02178 6 or 300-23700-02178 7 Item # 16142-928Manufacturer's Code: 0264SDL0315 through 0319 or 0474SDL0311 through 0314 Lots feature "best if used by" dates of Jan 26, 2015 or Feb 16, 2015
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 —CP631P.O. Box 2020Springdale, AR 72765-9989
Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Tyson Foods Consumer Services toll free at (866) 328-3156.