A Tyson Foods executive says the company will employ a “metal-detcting X-ray’ machine as a possible solution after nearly 12 million pounds of chicken.
Last week, the company expanded its March recall of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strips due to concerns that an additional 11.7 million of chicken could be contaminated with metal.
Barbara Masters, vice president for regulatory food and agriculture for Tyson, told Marketwatch that the metal detectors would be a “corrective action.”
“We have discontinued use of the specific equipment believed to be associated with the metal fragments, and we will be installing metal-detecting X-ray machinery to replace the plant’s existing metal-detection system, she said in an email.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service made the announcement Saturday morning, which brings the total pounds of recalled chicken to more than 11.8 million. Officials announced the initial recall of 69, 093 pounds of frozen chicken strips in
March 21, 2019.
The frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strip items were produced on dates between Oct. 1, 2018 and March 8, and have “Use By Dates” of Oct. 1, 2019 to March 7, 2020, according to a release from the FSIS.
The products subject to recall display an establishment number, P-7221, on the back of the product package. These items were shipped to retail and Department of Defense locations nationwide, according to the release.
The problem was uncovered when FSIS received two consumer complaints of extraneous material in the chicken strip products. FSIS is now aware of six complaints during this time frame involving similar pieces of metal with three alleging oral injury.
Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.
FSIS is warning consumers to check their freezers for the product. If discovered, families should throw them away or return to the place of purchase.
Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Tyson Foods Consumer Relations at 1-866-886-8456.
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