Tyson recalls nearly 12 million pounds of chicken strips

Credit: USDA

Credit: USDA

Tyson Foods, Inc., is recalling nearly 12 million pounds of frozen chicken strip products that could be contaminated with pieces of metal, federal safety officials said in a news release Saturday.

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Tyson Foods, based out of Rogers, Arkansas, is recalling 11,829,517 pounds of the frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strips, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Saturday's release expanded Tyson's recall in March, when more than 69,000 pounds of chicken strips were recalled, FSIS said in its statement.

The latest recall concerns products produced from Oct. 1, 2018, through March 8, 2019, FSIS said. The packages contained "use by dates" of Oct. 1, 2019, through March 7, 2020, according to the news release.

The recalled products contain the number "P-7221" on the back of the package and were shipped nationwide and to the U.S. Virgin Islands, according to FSIS.

The problem was revealed when FSIS received two complaints, but the agency said it is now aware of six overall complaints.

According to FSIS, products recalled include Tyson fully cooked crispy chicken strips in 25-ounce and 40-ounce bags; Tyson fully cooked Buffalo-style chicken strips in 25-ounce and 40-ounce bags; Tyson fully cooked honey BBQ flavored chicken strips in 25-ounce bags; Best Choice Buffalo-style chicken strips in 20-ounce bags; Great Value fully cooked chicken strips in 25-ounce bags; and Food Lion crispy chicken strips in 25-ounce bags.

In the previous recall, the products had only one use-by date: Nov. 30, 2019, CNN reported.

On Jan. 30, Tyson recalled 36,420 pounds of chicken nuggets because of fears the food could have been contaminated with rubber. Twelve days earlier, Perdue recalled 68,244 pounds of gluten-free chicken nuggets over concerns the food could be contaminated with wood.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Tyson Foods Consumer Relations at 1-866-886-8456.

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