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NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Hungry Tyson’s Chicken customers may have bitten off more than they could chew this summer since nearly 133,000 pounds of fully cooked chicken nuggets may have contained hard plastic.

In a recall notice released today, the USDA said customer complaints led to the discovery of the problem with Panko Chicken Nuggets produced on July 18. The affected products include:

  • 5-pound bags labeled “Tyson FULLY COOKED PANKO CHICKEN NUGGETS” with a “best if used by” date of July 18, 2017.
  • 20-pound bulk packages with “SPARE TIME Fully Cooked, Panko Chicken Nuggets, Nugget Shaped Chicken Breast Pattie Fritters with Rib Meat” with a production date of July 18, 2016.

While the 20-pound packages were shipped to Pennsylvania, the five-pound bags were distributed to retail locations across the country.

Tyson Foods reports that the plastic material ranged in size from 21 millimeters in length and 6.5 millimeters in diameter and that it may have come from a plastic rod used to connect a plastic transfer belt. While the products pass through a metal detector, the plastic isn’t detectable by this system, according to the company.

Consumers who purchased the affected chicken should dispose of it or return it to the place of purchase. The company said no one has reported having bad reactions from eating the plastic-contaminated chicken. However, the USDA recommends that customers concerned about illness contact their healthcare provider.

Questions? Call Tyson Foods’ Consumer Relations at 866.328.3156.

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