Love fajitas? You may want to read this before you break out those chicken strips. It turns out one of the most popular producers of chicken in this country has just been forced to recall food you may very well have sitting in your freezer. Tyson Foods, Inc. voluntarily announced the recall due to “Foreign Matter Contamination” on March 21, 2019.
Wait until you hear what the contaminant was….
- Tyson’s recall covers 69,093 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strip products that were shockingly contaminated with pieces of metal. All of the strips associated were produced on November 30th, 2018.
- It isn’t clear whether the metal fragments came from machinery or from another part of the manufacturing and shipping process. Furthermore, there appear to be no injuries associated with the recall — yet.
- According to the news release here, a total of three specific products are now officially included in the recall.
- 25-oz. plastic bag packages of frozen “Tyson FULLY COOKED BUFFALO STYLE CHICKEN STRIPS CHICKEN BREAST STRIP FRITTERS WITH RIB MEAT AND BUFFALO STYLE SAUCE” with “BEST IF USED BY NOV 30 2019,” case codes 3348CNQ0317 and 3348CNQ0318, and individual bag time stamps from 17:00 through 18:59 hours (inclusive).
- 25-oz. plastic bag packages of frozen “Tyson FULLY COOKED CRISPY CHICKEN STRIPS CHICKEN BREAST STRIP FRITTERS WITH RIB MEAT” with “BEST IF USED BY NOV 30 2019,” case codes 3348CNQ0419, 3348CNQ0420, 3348CNQ0421, and 3348CNQ0422, and individual bag timestamps from 19:00 through 22:59 hours (inclusive).
- 20-lb. cases of frozen “SPARE TIME FULLY COOKED, BUFFALO STYLE CHICKEN STRIPS CHICKEN BREAST STRIP FRITTERS WITH RIB MEAT AND BUFFALO STYLE SAUCE” with “BEST IF USED BY NOV 30 2019,” and case code 3348CNQ03.
- All of the included products also have clear marking on the bag to help you identify if your food is involved. Look for “P-7221” printed on the exterior (this may be close to the seam, opening, or along the back flap along the seam, where applicable).
- If you purchase Tyson branded chicken strips, it’s very likely that your products are included in the recall. Tyson reports they were shipped nationwide and distributed throughout most stores. They were also distributed to commercial kitchens throughout Michigan and Washington.
- Think you have an affected product? Throw it away or return it to your local retailer. If the retailer refuses the return, call the recall line at Tyson Foods by dialing 1-866-886-8456. Most importantly, do NOT consume the products.