We’ve seen a couple of Tyson recalls already this year, first with rubber-contaminated chicken nuggets, then chicken strips containing metal pieces. The newest recall is a behemoth compared to what we’ve already seen.
Tyson Foods, which produces many of our favorite brands like Meijer, Great Value and Kirkwood, has issued a nationwide recall for 11,829,517 pounds of chicken strips. In addition to the United States, the recall also affects the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The recall came after the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) received two complaints about extraneous materials—specifically metal—found embedded in the meat. FSIS is now aware of six complaints regarding the same issue; three of those led to oral injury.
What products are recalled?
Named in this recall are chicken strips in a variety of sizes and flavors, from original to Buffalo to honey barbecue. Because Tyson Foods produces chicken strips for multiple brands, each one is suspected of contamination. You can find all product images, labels and flavors here on the USDA’s website. These are the brands you should be looking out for:
- Spare Time
- Best Choice
- Giant Eagle
- Food Lion
- Great Value
- SE Grocers
How do I know if I have one of these products?
Considering the long reach of the Tyson Foods recall, if you have chicken strips in your freezer, there’s a good chance they’re affected. There are a couple of ways to tell:
- Watch for products from the above list with production dates of Oct. 1, 2018, through Mar. 9, 2019. All of the contaminated products should also have a “Use By” date between Oct. 1, 2019, and Mar. 7, 2020.
- Look for establishment number “P-7221,” which can be found on the back of the package.
- Identify contaminated products by product name, weight, condition and type. Scan this FSIS product chart to make sure your chicken strips aren’t on it.
I have one of these products! What should I do with it?
Found one of these products in your freezer? Time to give it a toss. FSIS urges buyers not to consume contaminated products under any circumstance, given the injuries that have occurred. If you don’t want to throw it out, return the product to the place of purchase for either a refund or exchange.
If you have any questions regarding the recall, contact Tyson Foods Consumer Relations anytime at 1-866-886-8456.