Tyson expands chicken strips recall to nearly 12 million pounds

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Ross Sherman

Major expansion of recalled Tyson products shows ongoing food safety system failure


PHILADELPHIA — Tyson Foods has expanded a recall of chicken nuggets that might contain metal by approximately 11.8 million pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strips, and is an expansion of a March 21 recall.

Adam Garber, U.S. PIRG Education Fund Consumer Watchdog, issued the following statement:

“You’d think that in 2019, we as a nation would do a better job of keeping metal and rubber out of food — especially when it comes to products such as chicken strips that children love to eat.

“But as our recent report How Safe Is Our Food? mentioned, recalls of meat and poultry have risen sharply since the passage of the last national food safety law in 2011. Most troubling, we’re seeing more instances of the most threatening USDA Class 1 type, including both Tyson recalls.

“While we appreciate Tyson and the Agriculture Department ensuring that stores stop selling these potentially dangerous products, a fundamental problem still exists: By the time recalls like these occur it can often be too late. Food producers and our government agencies need to work harder to ensure that what Americans eat won’t make them sick, or worse.”