About 132,520 pounds of fully cooked chicken nuggets, some of which were sold at Costco stores, were recalled on Tuesday by Tyson Foods amid fears that they may be contaminated with hard plastic.
The recalled products included 5-pound and 20-pound bags of fully cooked Panko Chicken Nuggets items that were produced on July 18, 2016.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, the affected products include: [View Labels (PDF Only)]
- 5-lb. bags 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 20-pound cases were marked for institutional use in Pennsylvania, while the 5-pound bags were distributed to retailers nationwide, according to USDA.
A majority of the recalled products were the 5-pound bags, which were sold at Costco locations around the U.S., Tyson Foods said on its website.
Tyson Foods was alerted to the issue after consumers complained about foreign material found in the nuggets, which was plastic and ranged in size from 21mm in length and 6.5mm in diameter, according to the company. The plastic material possibly came from a plastic rod that is used to connect a transfer belt.
USDA classified the recall as Class 1, which means the product presents a health hazard “where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death,” according to its website.
There have been no immediate reports of any adverse reactions or illnesses, the agency said. However, concerned individuals who have consumed the recalled nuggets should contact their healthcare provider.
Anyone who purchased the products is asked not eat them. Instead, they should toss the item or return it to the store where they bought the item, according to USDA.
Questions about the recall should be directed to Tyson Foods’ Consumer Relations by dialing 866-328-3156.