Back in March, we told you about a recall of Tyson brand chicken after pieces of metal were found inside its ready-to-eat chicken strips. The recall affected around 70,000 pounds of the popular product. Now the company is expanding that recall after further concerns were raised that the product has been contaminated by pieces of metal, CNN reports.
According to a statement issued by the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the Tyson recall has now expanded to almost 12 million pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strips "that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of metal." The recall is considered a Class 1 Recall by FSIS, which means there is a high health hazard and "there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death."
The recall was initially issued after two people complained of finding a foreign substance in the product. FSIS now reports that six people have come forward, with three of them stating they sustained an "oral injury". The products affected by the recall are ready-to-eat frozen chicken strips and were produced between October 1, 2018, to March 8, 2019. They will have "Use By" dates of October 1, 2019, to March 7, 2020. FSIS has created this chart for consumers to reference where they can see an entire list of products affected by this massive recall. They also state that products involved in the recall have establishment number “P-7221” on the back of the product package.
Check your freezers! The most recent Tyson Foods, Inc. recall of chicken strip products due to possible foreign matter contamination has been expanded to now include more information & products. Products are not only advertised as Tyson ⚠️Check labels at: https://t.co/pNNduCcwaO pic.twitter.com/4dVSQ4J6re— USDA Food Safety (@USDAFoodSafety) May 7, 2019
Barbara Masters, Tyson Foods' vice president of regulatory food policy, food, and agriculture told CNN about how the company is working to ensure the safety of their product going forward."Consumers expect that the food they eat is safe. In their best interest and in an abundance of caution we're taking quick and decisive action to expand this recall," she said.
"We have discontinued use of the specific equipment believed to be associated with the metal fragments, and we will be installing metal-detecting X-ray machinery to replace the plant's existing metal-detection system. We will also be using a third-party video auditing system for metal-detection verification. Safety is at the core of everything we do. We're committed to producing safe, healthy food that our consumers and customers can rely on every day. 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."
If you have any of the products listed above FSIS urges you to throw it out. They are also afraid some people may have the product in their freezer so are urging consumers to check and make sure they don't have the recalled product. If you have any questions about the recall you can contact Tyson Foods Consumer Relations at 1-866-886-8456.