Tyson Foods, one of the largest meat processing companies in the United States, has issued a recall for approximately 30,000 pounds of chicken nuggets due to the discovery of metal pieces in the product. This recall is precautionary, as the company aims to ensure consumer safety and maintain quality standards.
The recalled chicken nuggets, described as dinosaur-shaped "Fun Nuggets," have a "used by" date of September 4, 2024. Although only a limited number of consumers reported finding small metal pieces, Tyson Foods opted for the voluntary recall to prevent any potential health risks. The US Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) noted that there has been one report of a minor oral injury associated with the product.
The affected nuggets were distributed to several US states, and the FSIS is advising anyone with health concerns to seek medical attention. Customers who have purchased the recalled product are being instructed to dispose of it and reach out to Tyson Foods for further information.
Tyson has experienced recalls in the past, including incidents of finding "mirror-like" material in ground beef, pieces of blue rubber in chicken nuggets, and metal contamination in chicken strips. These recalls serve as a reminder of the importance of stringent quality control measures in the food production industry.
The recall comes at a time when Tyson is preparing to report its latest quarterly earnings on November 13. The company had previously closed some chicken processing plants due to a drop in demand, but a recent shift in consumer preference towards chicken, due to its lower cost compared to beef and pork, has led to a rebound in the poultry market. This resurgence in demand could potentially bolster Tyson's financial performance, notwithstanding the challenges posed by the recall.