WASHINGTON - Tyson Foods Inc. announced Saturday that it is recalling more than 75,000 pounds of chicken nugget products that may be contaminated with small pieces of plastic and other extraneous materials.
Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said the problem was discovered after the agency received consumer complaints about finding small pieces of plastic in some of the company's frozen chicken nugget products. There's at least one report of someone suffering a minor mouth injury, according to the USDA.
The federal agency said the problem stems from issues with a product scraper inside a blending machine at the company's Sedalia, Mo., plant.
The recall includes the following items:
Five-pound bags of "Tyson Fully Cooked White Meat Chicken Nuggets (16142-928)" with a "Best if Used By" date of Jan. 26 2015" or Feb. 16 2015.
The manufacturer codes "0264SDL0315 through 264SDL0319" and "0474SDL0311 through 0474SDL0314" can also be found on the bags. These products were produced Jan. 26, or Feb. 16, and shipped nationwide to the Sam's Club chain.
The product bags bear the establishment number "P-13556."
Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Tyson Foods Consumer Services toll free at 866-328-3156.