The plastic pieces were discovered on Friday. The chicken was sold with the lot code 1378NLR02. The products in question were shipped to food service establishments and not sold in retail stores. The 12-pound boxes were produced on 17 May 2018, contained 3-pound plastic bags and were labeled “UNCOOKED, BREADED, ORIGINAL CHICKEN TENDERLOINS.” There have not been any reports of injury or illness.
The FDA said that the contamination posed a low health risk but urged food service establishments who have purchased the recalled chicken to dispose of the product immediately. Almost exactly one year ago, on June 9, 2017, Tyson recalled just shy of 2.5 million pounds of ready-to-eat breaded chicken “due to misbranding and undeclared allergens.” Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: https://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem. Tyson Foods is the world’s second largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef, and pork. The company was established by John W. Tyson in 1935. The company employs 115,000 people who work at more than 300 facilities. Since 2000, Tyson Foods has given more than 78 million pounds of its products to hunger and disaster relief in the United States.