Tyson Foods is recalling about 30,000 pounds of dino-shaped chicken ‘Fun Nuggets’ after Americans found small metal pieces in the patties – and one reported an oral injury.
The recall, announced on Saturday, is for 29-ounce plastic bags containing the frozen, fully cooked nuggets, according to the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.
Tyson voluntarily recalled the product after several customers found ‘small, pliable metal pieces’ in the T-Rex- and stegosaurus-shaped patties.
FSIS noted that one ‘minor oral injury’ was reported. The agency urges consumers to contact a healthcare provider with concerns about illness or injury.
Roughly 29,819 pounds of product are affected.
Tyson Foods has recalled around 29,819 pounds of dino-shaped ‘Fun Nuggets’ after some customers found metal in the chicken patties
The frozen nuggets are intended for kids, and come in T-Rex and stegosaurus shapes
Tyson voluntarily recalled the product Saturday, after several reports of ‘small, pliable pieces of metal’ found inside the nuggets and one ‘minor oral injury’
All the contaminated patties were produced in one location on September 5.
Impacted products bear the product codes 2483BRV02 07, 2483BRV02 08, 2483BRV02 09, or 2483BRV02 10, as well as the establishment code P-7211, which can be found on the back of the package.
Those bags have a ‘best if used by date’ of September 4, 2024.
USDA officials advised anyone who still has the nuggets in their freezer to throw them out or return the product immediately.
‘Whole grain breading and white meat chicken means wholesome fun for your kids,’ reads a product description on the Tyson site.
The fully cooked, breaded patties simply need to be heated in a microwave or oven before they are consumed.
Tyson was not immediately available for comment.
President and CEO Donnie King has led the company since 2021. The CEO role has been turned over four times since 2016
All contaminated patties were produced in one location on September 5 and shipped to nine other states for distribution
Tyson has been committed to ‘culinary innovation’ since 1960, when the company introduced one of the earliest branded poultry products
However, this is not the first recall – chicken nuggets were recalled in 2019 due to possible rubber contamination and in 2014 after small pieces of plastic were discovered
Tyson Foods – based in Berryville, Arkansas – is the second-largest meat processor in the world.
Donnie King has headed the company as President and Chief Executive Officer since 2021. The CEO role has turned over four times in seven years since Donnie Smith stepped down in 2016.
Tyson is committed to ‘culinary innovation,’ with a team nearly 200 strong working at the Tyson Discovery Center. Fifty of those workers are equipped with a master’s or PhD, and 46 have achieved a CCS Culinologist certification from the Research Chefs Association.
In the 1960s, the company introduced its Rock Cornish Game Hen, one of the earliest branded poultry products.
Their ‘first truly innovative convenience product’ came in 1976, called the Ozark Fry chicken patty. From there, the company began to produce chicken strips, filets and signature breaded nuggets.
The November recall is not the first time inedible material has wound up in Tyson products.
In 2019, the company recalled more than 36,000 pounds of chicken nuggets over possible rubber contamination, after a piece of equipment broke.
Tyson also recalled over 75,000 pounds of frozen nuggets in 2014 after consumers discovered small pieces of plastic in their food.