Tyson Foods, Inc is voluntarily recalling about 95 tons of fully cooked, frozen chicken fritters nationwide over plastic contamination fears.
The Pennsylvania-based company received three complaints from schools that allegedly found ‘clear plastic and soft gray plastic’, the company said in a statement.
Health officials from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) say no one has reported any ‘adverse reactions’ yet from consuming the fritters.
The product was not sold in retail grocery stores, but was shipped to distribution centers in 29 states.
Tyson Foods, Inc has recalled more than 190,000 pounds of fully cooked, chicken fritters after three schools complained of finding ‘clear plastic and soft gray plastic’ in the product.
The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said in a release that Tyson Foods notified the agency of the complaints on June 5.
Thirty-three cases with four 8.2-pound bags each of fully cooked, whole grain crispy chicken chunk fritters are subject to recall.
They were produced on February 28 of this year and then shipped to distribution centers – which, in turn, sent them to schools – in 29 states.
The states include: 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.
Health officials say the chicken fritters were not part of the food provided by the USDA for the National School Lunch Program.
The packages have the establishment number P-1325 inside the USDA mark of inspection.
It remains unclear how the plastic got into the chicken or what type of plastic was found.
FSIS classified the recall as Class I, which designates ‘a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death’.
The agency urges customers with the chicken in their food service freezers to not serve the products and either throw them out or return them to the store where they were purchased for a refund.
Anyone with questions about the recall has been asked to call the company’s consumer relations line at (888) 747-7611 during business hours.
This is the fourth time this year that Tyson Foods has recalled its products over possible contamination.
In January, the company recalled about 36,500 pounds of chicken nugget products e to fears they were tainted with pieces of rubber.
Then, in March, Tyson Foods recalled approximately 69,000 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strip products over metal contamination fears.
Metal contamination fears were also responsible for the 11.8 million pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strips recalled in May.