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Rubber And Wood In Chicken Nuggets: Why 120,000 Pounds Were Recalled

SPRINGDALE, Arkansas — Tyson Foods is recalling more than 36,000 pounds of frozen chicken nuggets after consumers reported finding soft, blue pieces of rubber inside the popular food.

The recall comes in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service and applies to the company’s Panko Chicken Nuggets that were sold in five pound plastic bags in grocery stores nationwide.

That’s not all: Perdue Foods, LLC, recalled a batch of refrigerated chicken nuggets (dinosaur shaped, we are sad to report) on Monday due to incorrect branding and an undeclared allergen (the products contain milk, but that’s missing from the label), according to another release from the FSIS. This is the second Perdue nugget recall recently; the company recalled some gluten-free chicken nugget products two weeks ago due to the possible presence of wood in them.

Consumers are being urged to look for bags with the “best by” date of Nov. 26, 2019, the Case Code 3308SDL03 and a time stamp ranging from 23:00 through 01:59. If you’ve got the product, either discard it or return it to the point of purchase for a refund.

To date, there are no instances of injury or illness, but the company and FSIS are afraid the products are in people’s home freezers and might be overlooked. Tyson was forced to recall frozen, breaded chicken products for essentially the same reason in June.

This isn’t the first major recall of chicken nuggets this year. Less than two weeks ago, Perdue Foods recalled 68,000 pounds of frozen chicken nuggets after consumers reported finding chunks of wood inside of the product. On Monday, Purdue was also forced to recalll 16,000 pounds of Refrigerated Fun Shapes Chicken Nuggets due to misbranding an undeclared allergens.

The recall follows a series of notable food recalls in 2018. In December, the USDA recalled 29,000 pounds of Jimmy Dean Sausage. JBS Tolleson has recalled at least 6,000 tons of beef since October. Cargill was forced twice to recall meats, once in August and more in September. And Kroger issued a warning in May when there was the threat of plastic contamination.

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John McCarthy

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John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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