Tyson recalls chicken nuggets possibly contaminated with rubber

Tyson Foods is recalling more than 36,000 pounds of chicken nuggets that may have been contaminated with rubber, federal officials say.

The products were recalled after the company received complaints of “extraneous material” found in its packaged White Meat Panko Chicken Nuggets, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday.

Officials classified the recall under the Class I category, meaning there’s “reasonable probability” that consumption of contaminated food will cause serious health consequences or death.

No illnesses have been reported, officials said.

Tyson Foods said consumers contacted the company after they found small pieces of soft, blue rubber in the nuggets. The company said that rubber was found in a “very small number” of packages but that it decided to recall 36,420 pounds of product “out of an abundance of caution.”

The company said rubber is part of a seal on an equipment used to produce the nuggets, and some pieces were accidentally mixed with the product.

The products were shipped to retail locations nationwide, although it is unclear which ones. They were produced on Nov. 26, 2018, and have a best-used-by date of Nov. 26, 2019, according to the USDA.

Officials said consumers who have bought the products and frozen them should either return or throw them away.

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