WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Almost 12 million pounds of chicken strips have been recalled because they might be contaminated with pieces of metal, according to the USDA.
The recall began in March with 69,093 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strips, but the warning was reissued and expanded Saturday morning. The updated recall now includes 11,829,517 pounds of chicken.
These items were shipped nationwide and to the U.S. Virgin Islands. The problem came to light when two consumers complained of “extraneous material” in the chicken strips, the USDA confirms. Investigators are now aware of six complaints involving similar pieces of metal, three of which reported oral injury.
The frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strip items were produced between Oct. 1, 2018 to March 8, 2019 and have “Use By Dates” of Oct. 1, 2019 through March 7, 2020. The products also have establishment number “P-7221” on the back of the product package.
Products included in the recall include:
• Tyson fully cooked crispy chicken strips in 25-ounce and 40-ounce bags;
• Publix fully cooked crispy chicken fritters
• Kirkwood buffalo style chicken strips
• Best Choice Buffalo-style chicken strips in 20-ounce bags;
• Great Value fully cooked chicken strips in 25-ounce bags;
• Food Lion crispy chicken strips in 25-ounce bags.
Consumers who have purchased these products are urged to throw them away or return them to the place of purchase. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.