Tyson Foods is recalling more than 75,000 pounds of frozen, fully cooked chicken nuggets that the company said may be contaminated with “foreign matter.”
Consumers alerted the company to the problem, calling in to report small pieces of plastic inside the chicken.
Some said they got minor injuries to their mouths when they tried to eat the nuggets, according to the USDA.
Tyson Foods traced the issue back to a product scraper inside a blending machine.
The recall includes the 5-pound bags of “Tyson Fully Cooked White Meat Chicken Nuggets -- 16142-928” with a “Best if Used By” date of Jan. 26, 2015 or Feb. 16, 2015. The manufacturer codes on the bags are “0264SDL0315 through 19” and “0474SDL0311 through 14.”
Those frozen nuggets were shipped nationwide to one retail warehouse club chain, though the USDA did not specify which chain it was.
The 20-pound packs of “Spare Time Fully Cooked Nugget-Shaped Chicken Breast Pattie Fritters w/Rib Meat – 16142-861” are also being recalled, and those were shipped for institutional use in Indiana and Arkansas.
The USDA has not received any other reports of injury or illness linked to the plastic particles inside the chicken.
Consumers with questions should call Tyson Foods Consumer Services at 866-328-3156.