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Tyson Foods Recalls 3,000 Pounds of Chicken

Is the chicken in your freezer safe? The poultry brand suspects its meat is contaminated with plastic.

Tyson Foods, Inc. just recalled about 3,120 pounds of frozen chicken because it may be contaminated with blue and clear soft plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced. The recall specifically targets Tyson's 12-pound boxes containing three-pound plastic bags of Uncooked, Breaded, Original Chicken Tenderloins with the lot code 1378NLR02; the product packages are marked with the number "P-746." The FSIS issued a Class II recall, deeming the tainted poultry a "health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death."

Should You Be Concerned?

While there are no known adverse reactions due to this recall yet, it's vital to note that the tenderloins were shipped to nationwide food service establishments and not sold in grocery stores—so if you recently bought a pack of Tyson chicken from your local ShopRite, you're in the clear. Restaurants, on the other hand, aren't in luck.

"FSIS is concerned that some product may be frozen and in freezers at food service institutions and could be served," Food Service Institutions who have purchased these products are urged not to serve them. These products should be thrown away," the USDA news release states.

Here's the label of the affected meat:

Tyson recalls uncooked breaded original chicken tenderloins
Courtesy of FSIS

According to Tyson's website, some of the food service institutions it partners with include independent restaurants, US military commissaries, and the National School Lunch Program. So besides for steering clear of the chicken enchiladas when you grab dinner tonight, make sure your kid goes to school with a poultry-free lunch tomorrow.

If you suspect you may have swallowed some plastic with your meal, make sure to contact your doctor as soon as possible. And for folks with more questions regarding the recall, the USDA recommends contacting the Tyson Foods Inc. call center at (888) 747-7611.