If you or your family are fans of Tyson Foods’ frozen chicken products, it’s time to check your freezer. Tyson has recalled around 69,093 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strip products due to concerns that they may be contaminated with pieces of metal. The recall involves products shipped to retailers nationwide and for institutional use in Washington and Michigan.
The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, or FSIS, announced the recall last week, citing concerns that some of the affected products may be tucked away in consumers’ freezers. The recall was initiated on the heels of two separate consumer complaints received by FSIS regarding the presence of metal in the product.
Consumers have a right to expect the food that they buy is safe to eat. When it proves to be unsafe, any resulting injuries and illnesses can be grounds for a defective product claim. Contact our California product defect attorney at Mancini & Associates if you have been sickened by contaminated food.
The products in question were produced on November 30, 2018, and contain the establishment number P-7221 on the product packaging. A mix of products, including Buffalo-style chicken breast strip fritters with rib meat, crispy chicken strips chicken breast strip fritters, and Spare Time fully cooked Buffalo-style chicken breast strip fritters, are among the recalled lots.
Tyson urges consumers not to eat these products. Consumers should discard the products or return them to the place of purchase for a refund. While there have been no confirmed reports of reactions or problems arising from their consumption, anyone who suspects they are injured or ill due to eating the affected chicken strips should seek immediate medical care. Tyson can be reached for additional information on the recall at 1-866-886-8456.
This is not the only food recall in recent memory related to metal contamination. In 2018, consumers saw 228,614 pounds of Hormel canned pork and chicken products hit the recall list. Products such as Spam and Black Label Luncheon Loaf were affected. This recall came about when four customers complained about metal pieces being found in their products. At the time, minor oral injuries were reported. In 2015, Kraft Foods recalled 242,000 cases of Macaroni & Cheese due to finding metal shards in the boxed pasta kits. Prepared meat products from Unibright Foods was the subject of a recall that same year; 25 tons of canned meat products were affected. Metal pieces from a broken piece of machinery culminated in the recall of thousands of bags of Wegman’s ice in 2014.
At Mancini & Associates, we know that consumer protection and safety laws are not enough to keep our food supply safe. Dangerous products still make it through, and people get hurt—sometimes seriously so. If you suffered an injury or illness due to contaminated food or other products, contact our California defective product attorney right away at 818-783-5757 to discuss your case in greater detail with our compassionate and caring team.