Bags of frozen chicken nuggets are being recalled by Tyson after Sam's Club customers found small plastic shards mixed in with the nuggets.
The 5-pound bags of Tyson frozen chicken nuggets were sold at Sam's Club stores nationwide, but the affected nuggets were only produced on two days at one of Tyson's 40 chicken-production facilities, reports CNN Money.
As 75,320 pounds of nuggets are being recalled, what can Tyson's consumers do to avoid chomping down on plastic?
Consumer Complaints Trigger Voluntary Recall
In a press release Friday, Tyson acknowledged that "a small number of consumers" had contacted the food corporation after finding "small pieces of plastic in the nuggets." This prompted the company to issue a recall on the 5-pound frozen nugget bags, a voluntary recall not prompted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
In the event of a food recall, voluntary or required, consumers can check the "use by" or "sell by" dates on food products to determine if they've purchased recalled food. In the case of Tyson's questionable nuggets, consumers should look for 5-pound bags of frozen, fully-cooked white meat chicken nuggets with "best if used by" dates of:
This recall only affects nuggets with these expiration dates purchased from Sam's Club stores. Similar to Kellogg's recall of Special K boxes in February, the affected bags can also be identified by UPC codes, which can be sent in to Tyson for a refund.
What Injuries Are Possible?
CNN reports Tyson has received reports of "minor oral injury due to the consumption of nuggets." That may seem like small potatoes to some, but even small oral injuries can potentially mean huge liability for Tyson.
Like any product put on the market, frozen foods must not be dangerous to consumers. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and USDA have the authority to pull a product from shelves even for a remote possibility of injury.
If you were injured by Tyson's frozen nuggets, consider speaking with a personal injury attorney about your options. All consumers, regardless of injury, can call Tyson Foods Consumer Services at (866) 328-3156 with any questions about the chicken nugget recall.