Your kids might want to skip the chicken fingers on the school lunch menu this week.
For the third time in three months, Tyson Foods is in the midst of another chicken recall. The poultry company is voluntarily recalling over 190,000 pounds of chicken fritters that may have been contaminated with plastic. People reported finding soft pieces of gray and white plastic in the fritters. The chicken was distributed in institutional locations including schools, with a production date of Feb. 28, 2019.
In March and May, the company recalled formulations of chicken strips sold in grocery stores when pieces of metal were found in the product. The new recall affects chicken fritters in 32.81-lb. cases labeled “FULLY COOKED, WHOLE GRAIN GOLDEN CRISPY CHICKEN CHUNK FRITTERS-CN,” with a case code of 0599NHL02.
The chicken was distributed in the following states; Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.
The school year has ended for many children across the country, but many schools remain in session through the end of June. The recalled chicken fritters were not distributed to schools that are part of the USDA’s National School Lunch Program. Tyson notified the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on Jun. 5, 2019 after three schools filed complaints with the company.
Institutional food locations should check freezers for the recalled product and either throw it away or return it to the place of purchase. If you are ill from consuming the chicken affected, contact your healthcare provider. Consumers with questions about the recall can call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at (888) 674-6854, Tyson Foods Consumer Relations at (888) 747-7611 or visit the FSIS website at AskKaren.gov.
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