Tyson Foods announced that it is voluntarily recalling almost 30,000 pounds of its famous (and delicious) dinosaur-shaped nuggets this weekend after some consumers reported finding little bits of metal in their patties.
The recall announcement came this Saturday and will affect the 29-ounce bags containing “fully cooked fun nuggets breaded shaped chicken patties,” according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS) announcement. These bags contain the establishment number “P-7211,” which were distributed and sold in Virginia, Wisconsin, Ohio, Tennessee, Alabama, Illinois, Kentucky, California, and Michigan. The affected bags also have a “best if used by date” of September 4, 2024.
“There has been one reported minor oral injury associated with consumption of this product,” the USDA’s press release said. “FSIS has received no additional reports of injury or illness from consumption of these products.”
The FSIS is worried that some consumers might still have a bag of the contaminated dino-shaped nuggets in their freezers. It urged consumers to return the bags to the store or to discard their nuggets. The announcement from FSIS did not explain the source of the metal that was reported by consumers.
The U.S. meat industry is the cause of many safety and climate concerns. Chicken may not be as bad as beef consumption, which is responsible for about 10% of global methane emissions. However, raising chicken for consumption requires the production of a ton of soy to feed the poultry. This drives deforestation in fragile environments, including the Amazon rainforest.
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