Tyson Chicken Nuggets Recalled



The chicken being recalled in packaged in the bags above.

Brandon Russell, Photojournalist

Tyson Foods is voluntarily recalling more than 130,000 pounds of cooked chicken nuggets because they may contain hard plastic, the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service said Tuesday. The recall was suddenly issued due to a customer’s discovery of “foreign material” in a chicken nugget product. According to Tyson corporation, pieces of plastic ranging from fifteen mm to twenty-two mm in size in multiple bags has called for the sixty-five tons of chicken nuggets to be removed from the market.


Due to the long shelf life of the products, the consumer packs sent to retailers have a use-by date of July 18, 2017 officials and the USDAare concerned consumers may have the recalled chicken nuggets in their homes. The recalled nuggets were produced July 18 this year, and should be disposed of immediately if discovered or consumed.Twenty-pound bulk packages of Spare Time nugget-shaped chicken breast patty fritters with rib meat are also being recalled. These bulk packages, which are Tyson’s second best seller, have also been removed from the market due to the finding of larger foreign objects in the chicken patties. The recalled products should not be consumed, the Usda advised. Instead, they should be thrown away or returned. This is a class l recall, which means there is “reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.” However, no adverse events have been reported so far.

Consumers, institutional kitchens, and frequent buyers of these products  can also use the following package information to identify the recalled products:

  • 5-pound bags of “Tyson Fully Cooked Panko Chicken Nuggets” with a “Best If Used By” date of July 18, 2017, and case code 2006SDL03 and 2006SDL33;
  • 20-pound bulk packages of “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.

In an interview with CNN, Tyson Foods stated the most likely cause for the the plastic being in the nuggets was the hard plastic rod used to connect a plastic transfer belt, according to the recall notice. The firm later stated the products pass through a metal detector, but the plastic is not detectable to this technology. Kevin Arambula (10) stated his position on the recall of his favorite food, “I am personally saddened by the recall. Ever since I was kid, I’ve eaten Tyson chicken nuggets. Now, I have to eat other foods.”