Tyson Recalls Chicken Nuggets After Reports Of Rubber Contamination

mason.zimmer 30 Jan 2019

A lot of work goes into making the food we eat, but that work isn't always pretty. Whenever we go out to eat, there's a pretty good chance that the people cooking it are right in the middle of a stressful situation. If it feels like your order took a long time to get there, there's probably a story behind why.

But although some serious mishaps can occur during cooking, it's also possible for someone to make a big mistake before anyone even has a chance to prepare it.

And it seems like one of those big mistakes happened to a massive shipment of chicken nuggets.

Tyson Foods has decided to recall about 36,400 pounds of their Panko chicken nuggets.


In a statement on their website, the company said that although only a small number of products were found to be contaminated, they figured it was best to eliminate the ones produced at the same time.

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They went on to say that the problem appears to be small pieces of soft, blue rubber found inside of the nuggets.

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The pieces may be small, but that doesn't make them any less dangerous.

The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service has ruled this is a Class I recall, which means, "There is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death."

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Tyson was made aware of the problem after customers reported the foreign objects in their products and contacted the Food Safety and Inspection Service on the same day.

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According to the USDA, the nuggets were produced on November 26, 2018 and shipped across the nation.

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However, despite how many nuggets were potentially affected, the situation could be a lot worse.

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At the moment, neither Tyson nor the USDA have received any reports of injuries caused by the tainted nuggets. So it seems this issue was discovered before anything tragic occurred.

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But that doesn't mean we can consider the matter closed just yet.

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Right now, the USDA's concern is that some consumers may still have products in their freezers, so they released some ways to determine whether anybody is carrying the ones they're looking for.

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The rubber was apparently found in five-pound bags of Tyson Fully Cooked Panko Chicken Nuggets with a best before date of November 26, 2019.

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They also said to look for the case code "3308SDL03" and time stamps 23:00 through 01:59.

Consumers can also look for the USDA mark of inspection and should take note if the code "P-13556" appears there.

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If these numbers match the ones on your packaging, both Tyson and the USDA urge you not to eat the nuggets inside.

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Instead, they should either be thrown away or returned to wherever you bought them. You might not want to throw away everything, though.

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Tyson asked customers to cut out the UPC code and the date code from the back of the package if they're suspicious.

At which point, they asked that these customers mail these codes to the following address for a full refund.

Tyson Foods Consumer Relations P.O. Box 219 Kings Mountain, NC 28086

h/t: Tyson Foods, USDA

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