Tyson Has Recalled Almost 12 Million Pounds Of Chicken Strips

by Thea Glassman
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Tyson Foods has recalled even more chicken strips over contamination concerns

Earlier this year, Tyson Foods had a major recall on their chicken products, and now the company has had to recall even more chicken because of concerns that they’re contaminated by metal, according to a report from CNN. Yup, this is yet another story that will make you want to give up frozen food for life.

This past March, Tyson recalled 69,093 pounds of chicken strips after two customers complained about finding “extraneous materials” inside their food. Unfortunately, the issue has only gotten worse since then. Six complaints have come in about customers finding metal in their chicken and three of those people reported that they got an oral injury as a result.

The company has now recalled more than 11.8 million pounds of chicken strips and the Food Safety and Inspection Service is strongly encouraging people to chuck out the chicken fingers. “FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ freezers,” they said in a release. “These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.”

Among the products recalled were: Tyson fully cooked crispy chicken strips in 25-ounce and 40-ounce bags, Tyson fully cooked honey BBQ flavored chicken strips in 25-ounce bags, and Best Choice Buffalo-style chicken strips in 20-ounce bags. If you’re not sure if your Tyson food is contaminated, take a look at the packaging. All of the items that have been recalled have the establishment number “P-7221” printed on the back of the box.

This isn’t the first Tyson Foods recall. In January, 5-pound bags of Tyson White Meat Panko Chicken Nuggets were taken off the shelves because customers complained that they found an “extraneous material, specifically rubber” (pardon me while I gag really, really hard) in their meals. Thankfully, there were no reports of any injuries or illness due to these very, very gross discoveries.

Think it can’t possibly keep getting it worse? It sadly does. In January, Perdue Foods recalled 68,244 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken nuggets because three customers complained that they found wood in their food. Wood. Annnnd in February, Pilgrim’s Pride recalled a staggering 58,000 pounds of popcorn chicken at Publix because customers said that they discovered white rubber in the products.

As if that’s not truly weird enough, there was also the time when McCain Foods had to take their hash browns off the shelves last year because customers found actual GOLF BALLS inside the packaging. And how the heck did that happen? Well, according to the company, the balls “may have been inadvertently harvested with potatoes used to make this product.” Yikes and also still super confused.

The moral of this story is that you should always look really carefully at your frozen food before eating it. Y’know, in case there’s a literally golf ball inside. If you have any concerns about the products in your freezer, you can head over to “Ask Karen,” the Food Safety and Inspection Service virtual representative who’s available 24 hours a day. Or call the toll free hotline: 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854).

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