Tyson has expanded its March recall of nearly 70,000 pounds of frozen chicken strips to include an additional 12 million pounds. The company announced its decision on Friday after receiving reports of metal pieces found in the chicken.
“The problem was discovered when the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) received two consumer complaints of extraneous material in the chicken strip products,” the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) wrote in a statement, adding that, “FSIS is now aware of six complaints during this time frame involving similar pieces of metal with three alleging oral injury.”
According to the USDA, the recall includes multiple varieties of the ready-to-eat chicken, like Crispy Chicken Strips, Buffalo Style Chicken Strips, and Honey BBQ Flavored Chicken Strips. The packages that have been affected were produced between October 1, 2018 through March 8, 2019 with a “Use By Date” of October 1, 2019 through March 7, 2020. They also have the establishment number “P-7221” on the back of the bag.
In addition to the Tyson brand, the recall now also pertains to some products sold under the following store brand names: Associated Wholesale Grocers’ Best Choice brand, Walmart’s Great Value brand, Aldi’s Kirkwood brand, Tyson’s Spare Time brand, Food Lion, Meijer, Publix, and Hannaford.
The USDA urges anyone who has the contaminated products in their freezer to throw them away or return them to the store where they were purchased. Customers who have questions about the recall can contact Tyson Foods Consumer Relations at 1-866-886-8456.
“Consumers expect that the food they eat is safe… It is unacceptable to Tyson Foods that any product might not meet our standards,” Barbara Masters, VP of regulatory food policy, food and agriculture for Tyson Foods said in a news release. She explained that the company has discontinued the use of the equipment they believe is leading to the problem and will be using an X-ray auditing machine moving forward to detect any metal pieces.