The U.S. Department of Agriculture has reissued and vastly expanded a recall of ready-to-eat chicken strips produced by Tyson Foods, Inc. of Roger, AK.
The chicken strips were produced from October 1, 2018 through March 8, 2019 and have use by dates from October 1, 2019 through March 7, 2020.
The chicken strips were shipped nationwide, and bear the establishment number "P-7221" on the back of the packaging.
The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service issued the second recall Saturday expanding the amount of chicken from an initial recall of 69,093 pounds on March 21.
Friday, the company said it was now recalling 11.8 million pounds.
The items were made between October 1, 2018 through March 9, 2019.
"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", Masters said. It is unacceptable to Tyson Foods that any product might not meet our standards. They have received six total complaints, three of which claim to have sustained injuries to their mouths.
Federal food safety officials discovered the problem when two customers complained of "extraneous materials" in chicken strips, the statement said. Consumers should throw out the packages or return them to the place of purchase.
Anyone with questions about the recall should contact Tyson Foods Consumer Relations at 1-866-886-8456.
In January, Tyson recalled a batch of chicken nuggets because of possible contamination with rubber.