Tyson is recalling over 39,000 pounds of its frozen breaded chicken patties after people found pieces of metal gaskets and other ‘extraneous matter’ in their poultry, the company told CBS.
The US Department of Agriculture is urging people who bought the chicken to throw it out immediately.
Twenty-six ounce packages of ‘Weaver Chicken Breast Patties Breaded Chicken Breast Patties with expiration dates of January 31, 2020 from eight lots are being recalled, Tyson said Thursday.
Although people have called in to report the bits of metal or other objects in their chicken patties, no one has been injured or fallen ill, according to Tyson’s press release.
Tyson issued a recall Thursday for over 39,000 pounds of its Weaver chicken breast patties after consumers reported finding ‘extraneous matter’ in the precooked, frozen food
Nonetheless, the USDA has classified the recall as a ‘high risk’ to health and safety.
Non-edible objects or pieces of objects that wind up in food can cause serious , even life-threatening damage.
In most instances, a person will likely notice an out of place object in their mouth before it can do any serious damage.
But even if a piece of metal or other foreign object isn’t swallowed, it can cut up the mouth, puncture the gums or cause broken teeth.
And if it is swallowed, a foreign object poses a serious choking hazard.
In 2017, over 5,000 people in the US choke to death every year.
Foreign objects that make it past the throat can go on to wreak havoc on the internal organs, cutting or tearing them or becoming lodged in the stomach or intestines.
Some people have to undergo surgery to remove and retrieve these foreign objects.
And if something remains too long while someone is bleeding internally, it could even prove fatal.
So Tyson is taking precautions and recalling packages of chicken patties with the lot numbers: 0319PBF0617, 0319PBF0618, 0319PBF0619, 0319PBF0620, 0319PBF0621, 0319PBF0622, 0319PBF0623, or 0319PBF0600.
‘[Food Safety and Inspection Service] is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ freezers,’ the USDA wrote in a statement.
‘Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them.
‘These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.’
Potentially contaminated chicken patties were distributed to Connecticut, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont and Virginia.