Tyson Recalls 18 Tons of Chicken Nuggets After Customers Find Rubber in Them

January 30, 2019 at 5:36 pm

Consumers are finding “pieces of soft, blue rubber” in their nuggets.

Tyson is recalling 36,000 pounds of chicken nuggets after customers complained of finding “pieces of soft, blue rubber” in them.

Five-pound plastic bags of “Tyson White Meat Panko Chicken Nuggets” with a “Best if Used By” date of Nov. 26, 2019 “may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically rubber,” the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service  announced yesterday.

The USDA classified the recall as “Class I” importance, meaning there’s a “reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.”

The agency “urged” customers not to consume the products, saying they “should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.”

While there is no word yet on how the rubber got in the nuggets, the products likely originated from a slaughtering and processing plant in Missouri.

Several similar recalls have occurred in recent months, the Washington Post reports:

Last year, Tyson recalled  3,000 pounds of frozen breaded products last concerns they contained soft plastic.

In 2016, the company recalled 132,000 pounds of chicken nuggets that may have been contaminated with hard plastic.

In 2015, the company recalled 52,000 pounds of chicken wings because of an “off odor.”

That same year, it also recalled 16,000 pounds of its ground beef products over possible E. coli contaminations.

Perdue Foods recently recalled 68,000 pounds of chicken nuggets that may have been contaminated with wood.

Meanwhile, ground pork patties produced by Johnsonville, were recalled earlier this month for containing pieces of black rubber.