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Tyson Foods Recalls Chicken Nuggets after Plastic Pieces Found in Packages

Oct 4, 2016

On September 27, 2016, Tyson Foods, Inc. announced a voluntary recall of 5-pound bags of Tyson Fully Cooked Panko Chicken Nuggets that were sold at Costco locations nationwide. The recall also includes a small number of 20-pound cases of bulk Spare Time brand cooked nugget-shaped chicken breast patty fritters with rib meat that were sold to a wholesaler in Pennsylvania.

Tyson issued the recall after consumers told the company they had found small pieces of hard, white plastic in the nuggets, according to the company’s news release. Though plastic pieces have been found in only a small number of packages, the company recalled 132,520 pounds of nuggets and patties "out of an abundance of caution." Products sold in smaller packages or products sold at any other retailer are not included in this recall.

According to Tyson’s news release, no injuries have been reported from the recalled products.

The 5-pound bags of Tyson Fully Cooked Panko Chicken Nuggets purchased at Costco since July 2016, carry the UPC 0-237000-3558-5, with the "Best If Used By" date of July 18, 2017. The packages have the establishment number P-13556 printed next to the "Best If Used By" date on the back of the package. The cases of bulk Spare Time patties (item # 23575-861) have the same 2017 "Best If Used By" date.

Tyson advises consumer who have purchased the recalled to discard the product. To obtain a full refund, the purchaser should cut the UPC and date code from the back of the packaging and mail it to Tyson:

    Tyson Foods - CP631 P.O. Box 2020 Springdale, AR 72765-9989

In the news release, Tyson Foods said it has inspected all lines at the production facility to ensure product quality standards are being met. The company said it has implemented corrective measures at all of its facilities to prevent future occurrences.

Consumers with questions may call Tyson Consumer Relations at 866-328-3156 or send an email to

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