by Nancy Stiles
Tyson is one of the biggest names in poultry, and it's got a big plant just up the road in Sedalia. The company advertises its chicken nuggets as a great meal for kids, but the USDA announced Friday it'll be recalling more than 75,000 pounds of those little nugs.
Thanks to an equipment malfunction, certain five-pound bags of frozen chicken nuggets were found with pieces of plastic in them. The USDA traced the issue to a scraper inside a blending machine.
There have been a few reports of "minor oral injury" from the plastic, but for the most part, no one has been hurt. Dan Fogleman, senior public relations manager at Tyson, assures us that steps are being taken to keep this from happening again.
"We've made this particular piece of equipment a priority on maintenance checks. We check for any type of damage pre-shifts, during shift checks, then at the end of the day," Fogleman tells us. "If we find any damage, we place products from the line on hold. We're also talking to the manufacturer on making adjustments so we can prevent this from happening again."
Luckily, it was just one piece of equipment at one factory during two days of production. The only bags affected were frozen white meat chicken nugget five-pound bags sold at Sam's Club. Fogleman stresses that any other sizes of bags or bags bought at different places are totally fine.
Check the UPC code -- if you have one, throw away the chicken nuggets and send in the code for a full refund. We won't judge you if you used the money to buy more chicken nuggets. Here's Tyson's full release for more instructions: