Recalled Chicken Nuggets From Tyson Foods May Have Been Contaminated With Rubber


About 36,420 pounds of chicken nugget products that were recalled by Tyson Foods may have been contaminated with foreign material.

Yesterday, the United States Department Of Agriculture announced that Tyson Foods has recalled about 36,420 pounds of chicken nuggets. The products were recalled due to rubber contamination. The chicken nuggets were produced on the 26th of November 2018 after which they were distributed to retailers nationwide. The products were disbursed in 5-pound packages that were labeled ‘Tyson white meat panko chicken nuggets’. The product had November 26, 2019, as its expiry date.

Those who consumed the product said that it was contaminated with extraneous material. The company later confirmed that the product was contaminated with rubber. The United States Food Safety and Inspection agency referred to the recall as a ‘Class I’ recall. What this means is that the product presents a high health risk and could adversely affect the health of those who consume them.

The agency noted that there is the possibility that these products may have already been consumed by many people or may be in the freezers of consumers. They encouraged all consumers who may still have the product in their freezers to dispose of them as soon as possible. They also have the option of returning these products to the stores they purchased them. Part of the press release stated:

“There hasn’t been any confirmed reports of adverse health reactions due to the consumption of the chicken nuggets. Anyone who has consumed it and is concerned about an illness should consult a healthcare provider as soon as possible.”

Tyson Foods recalled their products just one day after their competitors, Perdue Foods recalled over 16,000 pounds of chicken nuggets due to incorrect UPC coding and discovery of undeclared allergen. This profits and reputation of both companies have been affected by the recall and it is going to take some time for them to repair the damage.

Mersiha Gadzo

I partially work as an editorial intern for Industry Module, I am journalist and online producer for Al Jazeera English. Prior to joining Al Jazeera I worked as a freelancer in Bosnia & Herzegovina and the occupied Palestinian territories. I also covered health care policy, business, and strategy for FORBES. My work has appeared at Vox, Kaiser Health News and other publications. Full bio

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