Tyson Foods expands recall of frozen chicken strips for metal contamination

Various types of Tyson chicken strips are being recalled as they may contain pieces of metal

Various types of Tyson chicken strips are being recalled as they may contain pieces of metal

Tyson Foods, Inc. recalled almost 12 million pounds of its frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strips Saturday due to possible metal pieces lodged in the product. All have use-by dates of October 1, 2019 through March 7, 2020.

The 11.8 million pound number affects packages with "the number "P-7221" on the back of the product package and a "use by" date of October 1, 2019 to March 7, 2020".

"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. "Because of these additional consumer reports, we've chose to take this precautionary step to make sure that we're meeting our own expectations and the expectation of consumers".

The USDA says it received two complaints about the metal, but there are no confirmed reports of anyone being injured.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service made the announcement about the expansion on Saturday.

Those who still have the chicken strips in their freezer should throw them out or return them to the store they were purchased in.

In January, Tyson recalled a batch of chicken nuggets because of possible contamination with rubber.

Questions can be submitted to Tyson Foods Consumer Relations by calling 866-886-8456.

The recall, which initially was issued on March 21, was updated because of six reported cases nationwide since then, three of which may have caused "oral injury".