Some 190,000 pounds of chicken fritters were recalled by Tyson Foods because of possible contamination and included fritters circulated to schools.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said that the company was recalling 190,757 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken fritter products that may be contaminated with hard plastic.
“FSIS was notified of the problem on June 5, 2019, when Tyson Foods, Inc. advised FSIS of three consumer complaints from schools of foreign material in the breaded chicken fritter product. Tyson Foods, Inc. distributed the product to institutions, including schools. While the product was distributed to schools, it resulted from a commercial sale and was not part of food provided by the USDA for the National School Lunch Program,” the service stated.
While no confirmed reports of adverse reactions from consuming the fritters have arisen, anyone concerned about an injury or illness possibly stemming from eating the fritters should contact a doctor.
The health risk of the recall was classified as “high.”
The fritters were produced on Feb. 28, 2019.
The items were described as follows: 32.81-lb. cases containing four 8.2-lb. bags of “FULLY COOKED, WHOLE GRAIN GOLDEN CRISPY CHICKEN CHUNK FRITTERS-CN” and case code 0599NHL02.
“FSIS is concerned that some product may be in food service freezers. Food service locations who have purchased these products are urged not to serve them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase,” the service stated.
Anyone with questions should contact Tyson Foods Consumer Relations at (888) 747-7611.
Tyson Recalls Chicken Strips
Earlier this year, Tyson recalled nearly 70,000 pounds of chicken strips due to concerns they contained metal.
The Arkansas-based company said it was recalling 69,093 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken products.
The products “may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of metal,” the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced.
The products were produced on Nov. 30, 2018. The problem was discovered when two people who bought the strips sent complaints to the service about the metal.
The company didn’t explain how pieces of metal could end up in pieces of chicken.
The following products were part of 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 time stamps 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 the products bear the establishment number “P-7221” on the back of the package.
The Tyson chicken strips were shipped and sold nationwide in addition to being used at institutions in Michigan and Washington state.
Anyone who has the products should throw them away or return them to where they bought them from for a refund.