Tyson Foods recalls over 190,000 pounds of chicken fritters

Justin Chan

One of the world's largest processors and marketers of chicken has recalled over 190,000 pounds of its ready-to-eat chicken fritter products after several schools found hard plastic in their food, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

Last Friday, the agency announced in a press release that Tyson Foods would recall approximately 190,757 pounds of the item after the company received three complaints from schools of "foreign material in the breaded chicken fritter product." Tyson notified FSIS about the problem last Wednesday.

"FSIS is concerned that some product may be in food service freezers," the release said. "Food service locations who have purchased these products are urged not to save them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase."

The chicken fritter products were produced on February 28, come in 8.2-pound bags and carry the case code 0599NHL02. They are also marked with the establishment number "P-1325" inside the USDA mark of inspection. CNN notes that the product was shipped to distribution centers in the following states: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.

So far, FSIS said it has not received any "reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products."

Last month, Tyson recalled nearly 12 million pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strips following reports that the products contained pieces of metal. The strips were produced between October 1, 2018 and March 8; they also have "Use By Dates" of October 1, 2019 through March 7, 2020, according to FSIS. The items bear the establishment number "P-7221" on the back of the product package.

"The problem was discovered when FSIS received two consumer complaints of extraneous material in the chicken strip products," the agency said in a release. "FSIS is now aware of six complaints during this time frame involving similar pieces of metal with three alleging oral injury."