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Sam’s Club Hit by Chicken Nugget Recall

Paul Ausick

Tyson Foods Inc. (TSN) has recalled more than 75,000 pounds of chicken nuggets after some customers complained of finding bits of plastic in their food. The recall includes 5-pound bags of frozen nuggets sold at Sam’s Club warehouse stores owned by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT).

According to the recall notice posted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), a product called “Spare Time Fully Cooked Nugget-Shaped Chicken Breast Pattie Fritters w/Rib Meat” is also being recalled. The “nugget-shaped” food is sold in 20-pound bulk packs for institutional use in Indiana and Arkansas.

The USDA said that the customer complaints were valid and have been traced to “a product scraper inside a blending machine.” Tyson received complaints of “minor oral injury” associated with the nuggets, and the USDA said that anyone worried about injury or illness should consult a healthcare provider.

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The USDA classified the recall as a Class II incident, which means that it is “a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.”

In February, a California supplier of beef recalled 8.7 million pounds of products in a Class I recall “because it processed diseased and unsound animals and carried out these activities without the benefit or full benefit of federal inspection.”

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