On Friday, June 8th, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspect Service reported that Tyson Foods Inc. has issued a recall for approximately 3,120 pounds of frozen chicken. Reports state that the uncooked breaded chicken tenders may be contaminated with blue and clear soft plastic.
The contaminated products that are being recalled were packaged on May 17th, 2018. The USDA has reported that the products establishment number is “P-746”.
The items were shipped to several food establishments around the nation. Luckily, the products that were affected are not available for purchase anywhere.
Tyson Inc.’s breading supplier discovered the problem and quickly put the products into a recall. So far, no reports of injuries due to consumption have been confirmed but consumers should still be aware. The USDA has since advised all food service institutions that purchased the chicken to dispose of the Tyson products.
The recall resulted in the following statement released by the USDA:
“FSIS (Food Safety and Inspection Service) is concerned that some product may be frozen and in freezers at food service institutions and could be served. Food Service Institutions who have purchased these products are urged not to serve them. These products should be thrown away.”
Senior manager for external communicators for Tyson Foods Inc. Worth Sparkman issued the following statement:
“Tyson Foods has identified and is working with affected foodservice customers to retrieve and/or remove all recalled products initially shipped to California, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Michigan, and Minnesota”
The Tyson product was sold in large 3-pound plastic bags and was labeled “UNCOOKED, BREADED, ORIGINAL CHICKEN TENDERLOINS”. The packaging also had a lot code of 1378NLR02. The last recall happened back in April. Over 220,000 pounds of Spam was recalled for being contaminated with pieces of metal. Also, 200 million eggs were recalled for being linked to salmonella, a bacterial infection.
If you are a concerned consumer and want to ask questions about the recall, you can contact the USDA hotline at 888-674-6854 or the Tysons Foods Inc. call center at 888-747-7611.
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