Tyson Foods has significantly expanded a recall of its chicken strips over concerns that some might be contaminated with pieces of metal. According to a CNN news report, the recall now affects more than 11.8 million pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strops that were shipped nationwide, up from more than 69,000 pounds when the recall was initially issued in March. This expanded recall comes after three out of six people who complained about finding pieces of metal in some Tyson products also said they suffered oral injuries.
Tyson Vows to Make Changes
The products being recalled in this round were produced from October through March 8 and they have “use by” dates of Oct.1, 2019, through March 7, 2020. Each of the recalled products has establishment number “P-7221” on the back of the package. Officials with Tyson foods have said they are taking corrective steps at the location where the products are manufactured.
They said the plant has discontinued use of the specific equipment believed to be associated with the metal fragments, and that they will install metal-detecting X-ray machines to replace the current metal-detection systems. In addition, they have said they’ll use a third-party video auditing system for metal-detection verification. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said it initially discovered the problem because of two consumer complaints about extraneous materials in the chicken strip products.
Consumers who have these foods at home are urged to discard them or return them to the point of purchase. USDA is concerned that some of these products may still be in consumers’ freezers. Anyone with questions about the recall is asked to call Tyson Foods at 1-866-886-8456. In January, Tyson recalled 36,420 pounds of chicken nuggets after a consumer reported finding rubber pieces in the chicken nuggets. Also, in January, Perdue issued a recall after three consumers reported finding wood in gluten-free chicken nuggets.
If You’ve Been Injured
Extraneous metal or plastic in food products can cause significant oral injuries, or even life threatening internal injuries such as bleeding. If you or a loved one has suffered injuries as a result of contaminated food products or defective products, please contact an experienced product defect lawyer who will help ensure that you receive maximum compensation for your injuries, damages and losses. Product manufacturers have the responsibility to ensure that their products are clean, healthy and safe for consumers.