Tyson issues massive chicken nugget recall

The company has called back 75,000 pounds of nuggets amid complaints that the meat was contaminated with bits of plastic.

By InvestorPlace Apr 7, 2014 2:10PM

Tyson Chicken Nuggets
© Paul Sakuma/APBy Christopher Freeburn


Consumers who purchased bags of Tyson Foods (TSN) frozen chicken nuggets at Wal-Mart's (WMT) Sam's Club warehouse stores this winter might be affected by a Tyson chicken recall.


The recall covers 5-pound bags of "Tyson fully cooked white meat chicken nuggets -- 16142-928." The bags have manufacturer's codes on the side, and codes 0264SDL0315 through 0319 as well as 0474SDL0311 through 0134 are covered.


Also under included in the Tyson chicken recall are 20-pound bulk packs of "Spare Time fully cooked nugget-shaped chicken breast pattie fritters w/rib meat -- 16142-861" bearing the same manufacturer codes as above. The 20-pound bags were distributed for institutional use in Arkansas and Indiana.


In total, 75,320 pounds of frozen white meat chicken nuggets are covered in the Tyson chicken recall, USA Today reports.


The Tyson chicken recall was issued after Tyson received consumer complaints that the chicken was contaminated with small bits of plastic. Some minor mouth injuries have been reported. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service noted that the contamination has been linked to a product scraper inside a blending machine.


Only bags of chicken sold at Sam's Club stores are affected by the Tyson chicken recall. 


Shares of Tyson stock were fractionally down Monday. Shares are up 23 percent year-to-date.


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58Comments
Apr 7, 2014 3:48PM
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Plastic probably isn't the worst thing in these nuggets.
Apr 7, 2014 2:34PM
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Must be their new "organic" ingredient!!
Apr 7, 2014 3:51PM
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I boycotted Tyson Foods a long time ago - Phew.
Apr 7, 2014 4:02PM
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DOES TYSON SHIP THE CHICKENS TO CHINA AND CHINA SHIPS THEM BACK TO USA?
Apr 7, 2014 4:51PM
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"Consumers who purchased bags of Tyson Foods frozen chicken nuggets at  Wal-Mart's Sam's Club warehouse stores this winter"
Was this early, mid or late winter?.
Did you ever notice that they always wait for MONTHS before announcing a recall?. It s like fresh fruit or vegetables recalled from a few months earlier. They gone long before the recall hits the news.
They do it purposely, to avoid having to buy back their tainted garbage and losing money. 
Apr 7, 2014 4:47PM
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We quit using Tyson products when it was made public that Clinton was Ark Gov. They gave him a bunch of money to allow them to pollute the rivers with chicken processing waste. They should be shut down as a company  and the owners in prison - with Clinton.
Apr 7, 2014 4:03PM
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I boycotted Walmart AND Tyson a while back. Both suck.
Apr 7, 2014 3:30PM
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Well, if there is plastic in your chicken for ANY reason, it is probably not REAL 100% chicken....
Apr 7, 2014 3:37PM
Apr 7, 2014 4:02PM
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While I hope no one got sick I can't understand why people want to eat this junk much less feed it to their kids.  If you want chicken nuggets buy the breast meat tenders and make them yourself.  At least you know what you will be eating.

Apr 7, 2014 4:00PM
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Can't imagine people eat these things anyway. My dog will turn her nose up at all chicken nuggets. Oughta tell us humans something.
Apr 7, 2014 6:41PM
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Chicken McNagahyde.  Tender tasty bits o' vinyl! 
Apr 7, 2014 4:05PM
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So............. Can I finish my dinner or what?
Apr 7, 2014 4:13PM
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Just what I want to be eating:

PETROLEUM PRODUCTS!

Yes! The gas companies win again! (sarcasm)
Apr 8, 2014 2:04AM
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Would these be the ones processed in China?
Apr 7, 2014 4:07PM
Apr 8, 2014 9:59AM
Apr 8, 2014 7:56AM
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Better that it's pieces of plastic and not pieces of beak.
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