If the recent recalls on everything from ice cream to waffles to even flour didn’t get you worried about the fragility of our food supply, here’s a new announcement that might really get you up in arms: Even our chicken nuggets aren’t safe at the moment.
Yesterday, chicken giant Tyson recalled 66 tons (approximately 3.3 million nuggets in total) of the mealtime staple for everyone from children to children-at-heart to late night boozers to people who can’t cook to the adamantly lazy (so pretty much everyone). Specifically, the recall affects 5-pound bags of Tyson Fully Cooked Panko Chicken Nuggets featuring a “Best If Used By” date of July 18, 2017 that were shipped nationally. (Consumerist reports they were sold at Costco.)
According to the USDA, the reason for the announcement is “possible foreign matter contamination,” namely “hard plastic.” Some of the pieces found were said to be nearly an inch long (22 millimeter), discovered after Tyson received complaints.
So just how does hard plastic end up in nuggets? “According to Tyson Foods, [it] may have come from a round, hard plastic rod used to connect a plastic transfer belt,” the USDA wrote. Sometimes I feel like rods do more harm than good, you know what I mean?
On the bright side, the USDA reports that no one has gotten sick yet from eating the nuggets. And, if you were lucky enough not to have eaten your nuggets yet, Tyson is offering a full refund.