Tyson Foods in new ‘contaminated chicken’ case

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The 70,000 pounds of frozen chicken strips yanked off shelves in March now seems like small potatoes compared to Tyson Foods’ latest news.

According to USA Today, the Arkansas-based company is now recalling 11.8 million pounds of the strips, an expansion of the original recall, with the Department of Agriculture noting in a release that the frozen chicken “may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of metal.”

The affected chicken was produced by the American multinational corporation at different times between Oct. 1, 2018, and March 8 of this year, with “use by” dates between Oct. 1, 2019, and March 7, 2020.

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Packaging for product subject to recall will have a “P-7221” establishment number imprinted on it.

The USDA says the issue was IDed by two initial customer complaints, though now it’s “aware of six complaints during this time frame involving similar pieces of metal with three alleging oral injury.”