Tyson Recalls 35 tons of Frozen Chicken over “Metal” Contamination Concerns

To close out this week, Tyson Foods has announced the recall of its chicken strip products over concerns they may contain metal.  

Federal food safety officials said the recall affects more than 69,000 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strip products with a production date of November 30, 2018 with a use-by date of November 30, 2019. Also, all of the recalled products have the establishment number “P-7221” stamped on the rear of the package. Finally, all items were shipped to retail outlets across the country as well as institutions in Michigan and Washington.  

According to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) two consumer complaints about extraneous materials in the frozen chicken strips led to the discovery that eventually led to the recall.  Of course, consumers are being urged to dispose of these products or return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. 

Specifically, Tyson is recalling:

  • 25-oz packages of frozen “Tyson Fully-Cooked Buffalo Style Chicken Strip Fritters with Rib Meat and Buffalo Style Sauce” and case codes 3348CNQ0318 or 3348CNQ0317 and have individual bag time stamps between 17:00 and 18:59 hours
  • 25-oz plastic bag packaging of frozen “Tyson Fully Cooked Crispy Chicken Breast Strip Fritters with Rib Meat” and case codes 3348CNQ0419 through 3348CNQ0422 and have individual bag time stamps between 19:00 and 22:59 hours.
  • 20-oz cases of frozen “Spare Time Fully Cooked, Buffalo Style Chicken Strips Chicken Breast Strip Fritters with Rib Meat and Buffalo Style Sauce” and case code 3348CNQ03.

Fortunately, there have only been reports about the metallic materials and no reports regarding injuries associated with the extraneous materials. 

This marks the second major recall for Tyson, already, this year.  You may recall in January the company recalled 36,420 pounds of chicken nuggets after a consumer reported they found rubber about half of which were “White Meat Panko” chicken nugget products.  Similarly, Perdue foods issued a recall in January after three consumer complaints reported the discovery of wood contained within gluten-free chicken nuggets. 

Anyone with questions or concerns can contact Tyson Foods Consumer Relations at 1.866.886.8456, or visit the FSIS website.