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On Tuesday, January 29, the United States Department of Agriculture announced that it is recalling more than 36,000 pounds of Tyson chicken nuggets. The news has everyone from major news outlets to ordinary consumers talking. Amidst the barrage of headlines and hot takes, it can be difficult to figure out how to know whether the chicken nuggets in your kitchen are affected and what to do if they are. Here’s everything you need to know.
The recall is occurring because there may be rubber in the nuggets. This recall was issued following customer complaints that they discovered “extraneous material” in the nuggets. The USDA suspects this material is rubber.
The affected nuggets are a specific Tyson product. Tyson has stated that the recalled nuggets are five-found plastic bags of White Meat Panko Chicken Nuggets. The bags will have a “best if used by” date of Nov 26, 2019, a case code of 3308SDL03, and timestamps ranging from and including 23:00 through 01:59. The Food Safety and Inspection Service of the USDA has prepared a visual guide that will help you identify these numbers on your bag.
This recall is serious, but no hospitalizations have yet to be reported. The FSIS has classified this as a Class I recall, for which this description exists on its website: “This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.” That said, the FSIS recall announcement states that there have yet to be any reports of dangerous reactions to the consumption of these nuggets.
Get rid of these nuggets if you have them. Immediately throw them out or return them to the store where you purchased them. Do not attempt to eat these nuggets despite the recall — this is a Class I recall for a reason.
Although this recall might seem scary and overwhelming, by simply reading the above information, you’ll know exactly what’s happening and what you need to do.