You may want to skip ordering chicken at restaurants for a few weeks. Tyson Foods Inc. is recalling approximately 3,120 pounds of frozen breaded chicken products that may be contaminated with blue and clear soft plastic. The company announced the Tyson chicken recall in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
Tyson, which is based in North Little Rock, Arkansas, issued the recall after learning on June 8, 2018, that their breading supplier was recalling the breading ingredients due to possible foreign material contamination. The important thing to note here is that the packages of breaded chicken affected by the recall were not sold in grocery stores or other retail stores, but to food service establishments such as restaurants.
The chicken, which is being sold as frozen, uncooked, and breaded chicken tenderloins, were produced on May 17, 2018. The packages are marked as 12-lb. box containing 3-lb. plastic bags of "UNCOOKED, BREADED, ORIGINAL CHICKEN TENDERLOINS," with a lot code of 1378NLR02. The product packages also bear establishment number "P-746."
There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.
FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in freezers at food service institutions and could be served to customers. Food service institutions who have purchased these products are urged not to serve them and are asked to throw away any product affected by the recall.
Consumers with questions about the recall can contact the Tyson Foods Inc. call center at (888) 747-7611. FSIS also has a virtual representative available 24 hours a day to answer questions at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday.