Tyson Foods Recalls 30,000 Pounds of Dinosaur-Shaped Chicken Nuggets

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  • Tyson recalls 30,000 pounds of dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets due to metal contamination concerns, affecting multiple states.
  • Discover essential tips on how to stay informed about food recalls and protect your family from potential health risks.

If you've got little ones in your life, you definitely need to know that Tyson Foods has initiated a voluntary recall of nearly 30,000 pounds of its dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets after reports of small metal pieces being found in some packages. The recall pertains specifically to the 29-ounce plastic bags of the product officially named "Fully Cooked Fun Nuggets Breaded Shaped Chicken Patties."

Approximately 29,819 pounds of these "Fun Nuggets" are believed to be affected by the recall. The contaminated nuggets were manufactured on September 5, 2023, and distributed across the United States, reaching consumers in Alabama, California, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

While one "minor oral injury" was reported and linked to the contaminated nuggets, no further injuries or illnesses have been reported. In light of the recall, the FSIS urges anyone who may have purchased these "Fun Nuggets" to immediately dispose of them or return them to the place of purchase.

Child eating french fries with chicken nuggets

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How to stay informed about food recalls

Consumers should be vigilant about staying informed on food recalls to ensure the safety of their families. Here are some essential tips on how to stay up-to-date with food recalls:

  • Ask your local grocer: Visit the customer service desk of the grocery stores you frequently shop at and inquire about their recall notification procedures.
  • Sign up for notifications: You can get recall notifications from your local grocery store. They often receive recall information before government agencies make official announcements. Make sure they have your current contact info so you get all notifications.
  • Choose stores with good recall policies: Look for robust recall notification policies, especially if you frequently purchase products prone to recalls, like fresh produce—or if you have family members with food allergies or vulnerabilities.
  • Document your purchases: If you transfer products from their original packaging to containers, retain the package or take a photo to identify affected items in case of a recall.
  • Use food recall apps: Download free apps like "Food Recalls & Alerts," which aggregates FDA, USDA, and pet food recalls. Receive real-time alerts or check the app's recall list regularly.
  • Utilize FoodKeeper: While not ideal for notifications, the FoodKeeper app provides information on food recalls from the FDA and USDA. Go to the "recalls" tab to view the latest recall updates.
  • Subscribe to FDA and USDA alerts: Sign up for recall alerts from the FDA, USDA, and other consumer protection agencies.
  • Get customized news alerts: To focus on specific recalls, set up alerts with keywords like Salmonella, E. coli, Listeria, or specific allergens through search engines (like Google) to receive daily or real-time email notifications.

It's essential to remember that even if a recalled food product may be able to be cooked to eliminate bacteria like Salmonella, we don't advise you to use recalled food. In addition, rinsing produce can remove pesticide residue and some germs but doesn't guarantee the removal of harmful bacteria like Salmonella, Listeria, or E. coli.

Rebecca Edwards
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Rebecca Edwards
Rebecca is the lead safety reporter and in-house expert for SafeWise.com. She has been a journalist and blogger for over 25 years, with a focus on home and community safety for the past decade. Rebecca spends dozens of hours every month poring over crime and safety reports and spotting trends. Her expertise is sought after by publications, broadcast journalists, non-profit organizations, podcasts, and more. You can find her expert advice and analysis in places like NPR, TechCrunch, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald, HGTV, MSN, Reader's Digest, Real Simple, and an ever-growing library of podcast, radio and TV clips in the US and abroad.

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