Tyson Foods recalled 11.8 million pounds of frozen chicken strips because the products may be contaminated with pieces of metal, the United States Department of Agriculture announced Saturday. The USDA says consumers who have purchased these products should not consume them. The products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
The government agency advised this recall is an expansion of a March 21 recall - of approximately 69,000 pounds of strips were identified.
The frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strip items were produced on various dates from Oct. 1, 2018 through March 8, 2019 and have “Use By Dates” of Oct. 1, 2019 through March 7, 2020. They have the establishment number "P-7221" printed on the back of the product package.
The problem was discovered after the agency received complaints of "extraneous material" in the chicken strip products from two consumers. The products were shipped nationally and affect Tyson branded products, but also select Publix, Kirkwood, Giant Eagle, Hannaford, Food Lion, Best Choice, Great Value, Meijer and Spare Time products.
The agency said they are "now aware of six complaints during this time frame involving similar pieces of metal with three alleging oral injury."