Tyson Foods Recalls 30,000 Pounds of Chicken Nuggets Over Metal Contamination

Tyson Foods, a leading name in the food industry, has recently issued a recall for approximately 30,000 pounds of its dinosaur-shaped ‘Fun Nuggets’. The recall was initiated after several customers reported finding small, pliable pieces of metal in their chicken patties. One customer even suffered a minor oral injury due to this contamination.

The recall, announced on November 6, 2023, affects 29-ounce plastic bags containing the frozen, fully cooked nuggets. Tyson Foods took the responsible step of voluntarily recalling the product after receiving multiple reports from customers about the presence of metal pieces in the nuggets. The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) confirmed the recall and reported one minor oral injury related to the issue.

The affected product amounts to roughly 29,819 pounds and includes dino-shaped ‘Fun Nuggets’ intended for children. The nuggets, shaped like T-Rex and stegosaurus, were found to contain small, pliable pieces of metal. The FSIS has urged consumers who have concerns about illness or injury to contact a healthcare provider immediately.

All the contaminated patties were produced in one location on September 5, 2023. The impacted products bear specific product codes and an establishment code P-7211, which can be found on the back of the package. These bags have a ‘best if used by date’ of September 4, 2024.

The recalled products were shipped to nine states including Alabama, California, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin for further distribution. USDA officials have advised anyone who still has the nuggets in their freezer to either throw them out or return the product immediately.

Tyson Foods, based in Berryville, Arkansas, is the second-largest meat processor in the world. The company has been led by President and CEO Donnie King since 2021. Despite the frequent turnover in the CEO role, Tyson has remained committed to ‘culinary innovation’ with a team of nearly 200 working at the Tyson Discovery Center.

This is not the first time Tyson Foods has had to recall its products due to contamination. In 2019, the company recalled more than 36,000 pounds of chicken nuggets over possible rubber contamination. In 2014, Tyson also recalled over 75,000 pounds of frozen nuggets after consumers discovered small pieces of plastic in their food.

These recalls raise serious questions about the quality control measures in place at Tyson Foods. It is crucial for the company to reassess its production and inspection processes to prevent such incidents from recurring. Consumers trust brands like Tyson to provide safe, high-quality products, and these repeated recalls could significantly damage that trust.

In conclusion, while Tyson Foods has taken the necessary steps to address the current issue, it is imperative for the company to take proactive measures to ensure the safety and quality of its products. This will not only protect consumers but also uphold the reputation of the company in the long run.