Tyson Foods is recalling nearly 30,000 pounds of its dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets after some consumers reported finding small pieces of metal in them, federal officials said.
The reminder, which was announced on Saturdayinvolves 29-ounce plastic bags of the product, called “Fully Cooked Fun Nugget-Shaped Breaded Chicken Patties,” the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said in a statement.
The recall involves approximately 29,819 pounds of dinosaur-shaped nuggets, produced on Sept. 5 by the Arkansas-based food processing company.
The affected bags have an expiration date of September 4, 2024 and lot codes 2483BRV0207, 2483BRV0208, 2483BRV0209 and 2483BRV0210, the release said. THE packaging features cartoon dinosaurs, one green and one red, staring at a plate of breaded nuggets.
On its website, the company said this was a voluntary recall of the product “out of an abundance of caution”. He added that no other products were affected.
The products were shipped to distributors in Alabama, California, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin, according to the Food Safety and Inspection Service release.
Tyson said the problem was discovered after receiving complaints from consumers saying they found small pieces of metal in the product, the federal agency said.
There was one report of a “minor oral injury” associated with consumption of the product, but no other reports of injury or illness, officials said.
“Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a health care provider,” the federal release said.
The Food Safety and Inspection Service urged consumers not to eat the nuggets and said any product left in the freezer “should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.”
This is not the first recall involving Tyson chicken products. In 2019, the company recalled 69,093 pounds of frozen chicken strips after two people reported finding pieces of metal in the product, the Department of Agriculture said at the time.