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Tyson Chicken Nugget Recall: Plastic Bits Found in 5-Pound Bags

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By Michael Mullins   |   Monday, 07 Apr 2014 08:09 AM

A chicken nugget recall has been voluntarily issued by Tyson Foods Inc., after pieces of plastic were found inside 5-pound bags of the poultry by consumers, reportedly causing minor injuries in some cases.

There have yet to be any reports of serious injury or illness stemming from the consumption of the chicken nuggets.

The 75,320-pound chicken recall specifically involves the 5-pound bags of frozen Tyson white meat chicken nuggets that were sold at Sam’s Club locations nationwide, the company's press release stated. Tyson chicken nugget products sold in smaller packaging were not included in the recall.

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"Tyson Foods has inspected all lines at the production facility to ensure product quality standards are being met and has implemented corrective measures at all of its facilities to prevent similar occurrences from happening," Tyson Foods spokesman Dan Fogelman told the Chicago Tribune.

According to Food Safety News, the 5-lb. bags of "Tyson Fully Cooked White Meat Chicken Nuggets – 16142-928" have manufacturer codes of "0264SDL0315 through 19" and "0474SDL0311 through 14" with best if used by dates of Jan 26 2015 or Feb 16 2015.

The source of the plastic bits that wound up mixed into the chicken nuggets is unknown, however were traced back to a product scraper inside a blending machine in Tyson facility in Sedalia, Mo., UPI.com reported.

According to the USDA, in addition to the 5-pound bags of chicken nuggets, the recall extends to 20-pound bulk packs of "Spare Time Fully Cooked Nugget-Shaped Chicken Breast Pattie Fritters w/Rib Meat," which were processed in the same Missouri facility. In this case however, the products, which have the same manufacturer codes numbers and "best by" dates as the 5-pound chicken nugget bags, were not sold to consumers, but rather shipped for institutional use in Indiana and Arkansas.

Including Tyson Foods' chicken nugget recall there have been 23 beef, pork or poultry recalls so far this year, according to the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

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