Recall alert: Chicken nuggets may contain hard plastic


Tyson Foods is recalling more than 130,000 pounds of chicken nuggets that may be contaminated with hard plastic, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Chicken nuggets recalled due to contamination risk

The September 27 recall announcement comes after consumer complaints about “foreign material contamination” of chicken nugget products.

“According to Tyson Foods, the plastic material ranged in size from 21mm in length and 6.5mm in diameter and may have come from a round, hard plastic rod used to connect a plastic transfer belt. The firm said the products pass through a metal detector, but the plastic is not detectable to this technology,” the USDA said.

The following products are subject to the recall:

  • 5-lb. bag containing “Tyson FULLY COOKED PANKO CHICKEN NUGGETS” with a “Best If Used By” date of July 18, 2017 and case code 2006SDL03 and 2006SDL33.
  • 20-lb. bulk packages containing “SPARE TIME Fully Cooked, Panko Chicken Nuggets, Nugget Shaped Chicken Breast Pattie Fritters With Rib Meat” with a production date of July 18, 2016 and case code 2006SDL03.

The affected products have the establishment number “EST. 13556” printed next to the “Best If Used By” date on the back of the package.

Recall alert: Chicken nuggets may contain hard plastic

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No illnesses have been reported, but 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.”

If you’ve purchased these chicken nuggets, don’t eat them. Throw them out or return them to the place where you bought them for a refund.


If you have questions, you can contact Tyson Foods’ Consumer Relations at (866) 328-3156. 

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