Tyson Recalls 30,000 Pounds of Chicken Nuggets Due to Dangerous Find

Updated: Nov. 06, 2023

The recalled product, marketed for kids, was recalled from Walmart and other retailers in nine states after “a minor oral injury.”

Over the weekend, Tyson Foods announced a voluntary recall of 29,819 pounds of a popular chicken nugget product aimed at children following customer complaints. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) reported that a specific batch of the company’s Fun Nuggets, frozen breaded chicken nuggets shaped like dinosaurs, is being removed from store shelves due to potential contamination with metal fragments. According to the report, there has been one reported case of a “minor oral injury” attributed to the contamination.

The affected bags all weigh 29 ounces and were manufactured on September 5, 2023, with a best-used-by date of September 4, 2024. They can be further identified by lot codes 2483BRV0207, 2483BRV0208, 2483BRV0209, and 2483BRV0210. These chicken nugget bags were distributed to retailers in nine states: Alabama, California, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin. Walmart, one of the retailers, has separately listed the specific stores that received the affected product.

FSIS is advising consumers to either dispose of or return any bags matching this description and to check their freezers for the affected product. Tyson has asked consumers to cut the UPC and date code from the packages and call or text 1-855-382-3101. Anyone with questions can call that number Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 a.m. CST.

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How foreign objects, including metal, find their way into food

While most people are familiar with food recalls related to foodborne bacteria, foreign objects such as metal can also pose a significant problem. As reported by the AP, “extraneous materials” like metal fragments, plastic, and other particles caused more recalls in 2022 than E. coli contamination. This isn’t the first time Tyson’s chicken products have been involved in one either. While a recall of nearly 30,000 pounds of chicken may seem substantial, in 2019, Tyson had to recall almost 12 million pounds of chicken strips due to metal contamination.

A recent study published by the National Library of Medicine on the injuries caused by the presence of hazardous materials in food notes that most manufacturing equipment is made of metal and is thus susceptible to breakage that can lead to food contamination. However, glass, plastic, wood, and other materials can also be sources of contamination. Companies employ various methods to detect foreign objects in food before distribution, including screens, large magnets, X-rays, metal detectors, and even lasers, but no method is foolproof.