Tyson Foods Recalls More Than 36,000 Pounds of Chicken Nugget Products Over Rubber Contamination Concerns

Another day—and only a few weeks into 2019—and we have yet another product recall: this time the recall is from Tyson Foods.  The Sedalia, MO-based poultry company has announced a recall of more than 36,000 pounds of chicken nugget products that have been suspected of rubber contamination, according to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). 

Specifically, the FSIS says consumers should discard (or, perhaps, return) all 5-pound plastic packages of “Tyson White Meat Panko Chicken Nuggets” with a production date of November 26, 2018.  The use-by-date, then, would be one year later: November 26, 2019.  Also, the FSIS says the case code would be listed as “3308SDL03” and the USDA mark of inspection for the affected products would also have an establishment number “P-13556” inside the stamp. 

The FSIS says they were first alerted to the potentially contaminated chicken nuggets after Tyson had received consumer complaints regarding “extraneous material” in the product. According to the agency, it is fortunate that no illness or injury have been confirmed in relation to this recall, as the day of this report. This is quite fortunate but federal health officials warn that some consumers may still be in possession of some of these products, which are probably in their freezer.  

Obviously, the FSIS recommends consumers throw these products away or returned to wherever they may have been purchased for a full refund, as the products would have been shipped to various retail locations all over the world.  Also, the FSIS recommends that anyone who has questions about the recall can contact Tyson Consumer Relations (1.88.747.7611).

Again, this is just the latest in what seems to be a string of similar but unrelated food recalls. You may recall, for example, that Perdue Foods also just issued two separate recalls: the first recall was over wood chip concerns in one of its products and the second was related to misrepresented food allergy information on the label. While Tyson has yet to comment on the recall, Perdue reassured, on Tuesday, that they are working to improve standards for meeting consumer quality expectations.

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