Apparently nothing is sacred when it comes to food recalls, not even delicious, chicken tenders. This week, Tyson Foods Inc. voluntarily recalled three types of frozen chicken strips due to potential foreign matter contamination, specifically pieces of metal.
In fact, according to an alert from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) last week, Tyson is recalling 69,093 pounds of meat after two consumer complaints of "extraneous material" in the products.
The recalled products are:
- 25-oz. plastic bag packages of frozen “Tyson FULLY COOKED BUFFALO STYLE CHICKEN STRIPS CHICKEN BREAST STRIP FRITTERS WITH RIB MEAT AND BUFFALO STYLE SAUCE” with “BEST IF USED BY NOV 30 2019,” case codes 3348CNQ0317 and 3348CNQ0318, and individual bag time stamps from 17:00 through 18:59 hours (inclusive).
- 25-oz. plastic bag packages of frozen “Tyson FULLY COOKED CRISPY CHICKEN STRIPS CHICKEN BREAST STRIP FRITTERS WITH RIB MEAT” with “BEST IF USED BY NOV 30 2019,” case codes 3348CNQ0419, 3348CNQ0420, 3348CNQ0421, and 3348CNQ0422, and individual bag time stamps from 19:00 through 22:59 hours (inclusive).
- 20-lb. cases of frozen “SPARE TIME FULLY COOKED, BUFFALO STYLE CHICKEN STRIPS CHICKEN BREAST STRIP FRITTERS WITH RIB MEAT AND BUFFALO STYLE SAUCE” with “BEST IF USED BY NOV 30 2019,” and case code 3348CNQ03.
All the affected products were produced on November 30, 2018 and have "best if used by" dates of November 30, 2019. They also have the code "P-7221" on the back of the package. These products were shipped to retailers nationwide.
Here's what to do if you have any of the recalled products.
If you happen to have purchased any of the recalled chicken strips, you should not eat them. Instead, the FSIS says you can return them to where you bought them for a refund or simply dispose of them. You can check out Tyson's site to see pictures of the affected product packaging.
So far, there haven't been any reports of adverse events associated with the recall. But finding extraneous bits of metal in your chicken strips can be both unsettling and risky. If you're concerned about any illnesses or injuries related to the recalled products, FSIS says you should talk to your doctor.