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Tyson chicken nuggets recalled for 'foreign matter'

Tyson Foods Inc. is recalling about 75,000 pounds of frozen chicken nuggets because they may be contaminated with "foreign matter," likely bits of plastic from a scraper inside a blending machine, federal agriculture officials said Friday (April 4).

The product was being sold at Sam’s Club since Jan. 26. The problem was discovered after the company received consumer complaints about small pieces of plastic, including one report of a minor mouth injury in someone who ate the nuggets.The product was linked to Tyson Foods’ plant in Sedalia, Mo.

Tyson said they have inspected the production facility to ensure quality standards are being met and have put in place corrective measures at all of the company's facilities to prevent anything similar from happening, according to a release.

Recalled Product
• 5-lb. bags of Tyson Fully Cooked White Meat Chicken Nuggets — 16142-928 with a best-by date of Jan. 26, 2015 or Feb. 16, 2015. The manufacturer codes 0264SDL0315 through 19 and 0474SDL0311 through 14 can also be found on the bags. 

These products were produced Jan. 26, or Feb. 16, 2014 and shipped nationwide to Sam’ Club Warehouses.

Tyson is also recalling another product shipped for institutional use in Arkansas and Indiana and at the company’s employee store in Lowell.

• 20-lb. bulk packs of Spare Time Fully Cooked Nugget-Shaped Chicken Breast Pattie Fritters w/Rib Meat — 16142-861 with identifying case codes of 0264SDL0315 through 19 and 0474SDL0311 through 14. These products were produced Jan. 26 and Feb. 16, 2014. The product bags bear the establishment number P-13556.

• 40 cases of Spare Time brand fully cooked nugget-shaped chicken breast pattie fritters w/ rib meat (Item# 16142-861) in 25-pound bulk cases. These were sold to a single institutional customer in Indiana and at the Tyson Foods company store in Lowell. The bulk cases have the same manufacturing codes and "use by" dates listed above. 

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If a consumer has a bag of affected product, they should discard the product, cut the UPC and date code from the back of the bag and mail it to the following address for a full refund:

Tyson Foods – CP631
P.O. Box 2020 
Springdale, AR  72765-9989,

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Tyson Foods Consumer Services toll free at (866) 328-3156.

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