Here's Everything You Need to Know About Tyson's Chicken Nugget Recall

Tyson Chicken Nugget Recall

It goes without saying that chicken nuggets are a parent's best friend when it comes to simple meals that your child is almost guaranteed to like -- whether it be for an after-school snack or a quick dinner. Even growing up, we held Tyson's chicken nuggets near and dear to our hearts, given that my mom wasn't the best cook. But, parents, before you reach for that go-to quick meal tonight, take note that a couple of Tyson products have been subjected to voluntary recall for possibly being contaminated with hard plastic. 


The products under investigation are not only the five-pound bag of Tyson Fully Cooked Panko Chicken Nuggets, but also the 20-pound bulk packages labeled "Spare Time Fully Cooked, Panko Chicken Nuggets, Nugget Shaped Chicken Breast Pattie Fritters With Rib Meat."

According to the press release, "A small number of consumers contacted the company to say they had found small pieces of hard, white plastic in the nuggets, prompting the company to issue the recall."

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While the five-pound bags of nuggets went out to Costco locations nationwide, the bulk packages only went to a single wholesaler in the Pennsylvania area. Tyson Foods maintains that "plastic pieces have been found in a very small number of packages" and the recall is only a precaution with a total of 132,520 pounds worth of product being recalled. Meanwhile, the USDA cites that:

The plastic material ranged in size from 21mm in length and 6.5mm in diameter and may have come from a round, hard plastic rod used to connect a plastic transfer belt. The firm said the products pass through a metal detector, but the plastic is not detectable to this technology.

Thus far no injuries have been reported and all other Tyson Food products remain safe -- including the smaller nugget options. 

Both items have a best-if-used-by date of July 18, 2017 and a production date of July 18, 2016, with the case code 2006SDL03 or 2006SDL33. You'll also find that the products subject to recall feature the establishment number -- P-13556 -- adjacent to the "Best if used by" date on the back of the package.

If you should find that you happened to purchase one of the aforementioned products, the brand recommends that you dispose of the product, cut the UPC and date code from the back of the packaging, and mail it to the the following address for a full refund:

Tyson Foods – CP631
P.O. Box 2020
Springdale, AR 72765-9989

Furthermore, if you have any questions or concerns you can reach out to Tyson Consumer Relations at 866-328-3156 or e-mail

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In the meantime, the company has assured us that it has taken all the proper measures to ensure the safety and quality of its products since the incident. So, we can resume eating our Tyson nuggets in peace as the most recent batches head out. 


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