Tyson Recalls Over 11 Million Pounds of Frozen Chicken

Plate with food on it.

Plate with food on it.

You’ve been told before that eating chicken is good for you, although they probably weren’t referring to processed chicken nuggets when they said that. Lately, though, chicken nuggets, specifically those packaged by the chicken giant, Tyson, are even unhealthier than just a processed piece of (questionable) meat. Three separate times in 2019 alone Tyson has recalled various products that have had several complaints about “extraneous material” in the chicken.

Back in January, Tyson recalled several thousand pounds of chicken due to pieces of rubber being found in them. In March Tyson recalled more chicken due to customer complaints of pieces of metal in the meat. Now, in May, they’re recalling close to 12 million pounds of frozen chicken. The United States Department of Agriculture has classified this recall as a “Class I,” or “a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”

Hard Chicken

Back in January, Tyson recalled several thousand pounds of chicken nuggets because of possible rubber contamination. On March 21 Tyson recalled over 69,000 pounds of assorted chicken strips due to multiple complaints from consumers about pieces of metal in their chicken. [1] Today, on May 4, Tyson recalled yet another 11.8 million pounds of frozen chicken, this is a continuation of March 21’s recall.

“Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them,” the recall notice states. “These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.” [2]

Recalled Items

The recalled items for May 4 have “Use By” dates of October 1, 2019, through March 7, 2020, and have the establishment number of “P-7221” on the back of each package. [3]

  • Tyson fully cooked crispy chicken strips, 40-ounce frozen plastic bag
  • Tyson fully cooked buffalo style chicken strips, 40-ounce frozen plastic bag
  • Tyson fully cooked honey BBQ flavored chicken strips, 25-ounce frozen plastic bag
  • Best Choice Buffalo Style Chicken Strips, 20-ounce frozen plastic bag
  • Great Value Fully Cooked Chicken Strips Crispy, 25-ounce frozen plastic bag
  • Food Lion crispy chicken strips fully cooked, 25-ounce frozen plastic bag
  • Tyson fully cooked crispy chicken strips, 25-ounce frozen plastic bag
  • Tyson fully cooked buffalo style chicken strips, 25-ounce frozen plastic bag
  • Food Lion buffalo-style chicken strips fully cooked, 25-ounce frozen plastic bag
  • Meijer crispy chicken strips, 25-ounce frozen plastic bag
  • Meijer chicken strips, honey BBQ flavored, 25-ounce frozen plastic bag
  • Meijer chicken strips buffalo style, 25-ounce frozen plastic bag
  • Giant premium chicken strips, 25-ounce frozen plastic bag
  • Giant Eagle crispy fully cooked chicken strips, 25-ounce frozen plastic bag
  • Publix fully cooked crispy chicken strip fritters, 25-ounce frozen plastic bag
  • Kirkwood Honey BBQ flavored chicken strips, 25-ounce frozen plastic bag
  • Kirkwood buffalo style chicken strips, 25-ounce frozen plastic bag
  • Hannaford buffalo-style chicken strips fully cooked, 25-ounce frozen plastic bag
  • Hannaford crispy chicken strips fully cooked, 25-ounce frozen plastic bag
  • Select Spare Time fully cooked strips in a variety of flavors in 20-pound frozen cases

Notes:

  1. ^Shannon, Joel. “More than 69,000 pounds of Tyson frozen chicken strips recalled; they may contain metal.” USA TODAY, 22 Mar. 2019, www.usatoday.com/story/money/2019/03/21/tyson-chicken-strips-usda-recall-metal-contaminate-two-styles/3242994002. (go back↩)
  2. ^Tyson Foods, Inc. Recalls Chicken Strip Products Due to Possible Foreign Matter Contamination.” 4 May. 2019, www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2019/recall-034-2019-exp-release. (go back↩)
  3. ^Tyko, Kelly. “Nearly 12M pounds of Tyson frozen chicken strips recalled because they may contain metal.” USA TODAY, 4 May. 2019, www.usatoday.com/story/money/food/2019/05/04/tyson-frozen-chicken-recall-12-million-pounds-recalled-metal-risk/1099777001. (go back↩)

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