11.8 million pounds of frozen, ready to eat chicken strips have been recalled by Tyson Foods after several customers complained that their chicken contained fragments of metal. This marks the expansion of an on-going investigation which began in March with the recall of more than 69,000 pounds, prompted by two complaints that the food contained “extraneous material.”
The U.S. Department’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued an official statement which provides detail on the original complaints and updated recall: “The problem was discovered when FSIS received two consumer complaints of extraneous material in the chicken strip products. FSIS is now aware of six complaints during this time frame involving similar pieces of metal with three alleging oral injury. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.”
The items being recalled carry the number P-7221 on their packaging, comprising multiple product lines including the Crispy Chicken Breast Strip Fritter, Buffalo Chicken Breast Strip Fritter, and Honey BBQ Chicken Breast Strip Fritter. Tyson has released a full list of all recalled products, which also includes Ahold, Kirkwood, Best Choice, Food Lion, Giant Eagle, Great Value, Hannaford, Meijer, Publix and Sparetime brands.
“It is unacceptable to Tyson Foods that any product might not meet our standards. Because of these additional consumer reports, we’ve decided to take this precautionary step to make sure that we’re meeting our own expectations and the expectation of consumers,” said Barbara Masters, Tyson’s vice president of regulatory food policy, food and agriculture.
The FSIS is encouraging consumers to check their own freezers, and either return or dispose of any products that may have been affected: “FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.”