What’s in the Chicken? Nationwide Nugget Recall

tysonStop everything and check your freezer right now.

Tyson Foods is recalling white meat chicken nuggets because people are finding pieces of plastic inside. Some consumers have reported minor mouth injures from the plastic, which the USDA says has been traced to a product scraper inside a blending machine.

Yep. Plastic.

Roughly 75,320 pounds of the plastic-infused chicken were sold at Sam’s Club locations nationwide. According to USA Today, the recall includes 5-pound bags. Nuggets sold in different sized bags or at different stores should be just fine, but you can check out exactly which Tyson products are included in the recall and their identifying numbers at the bottom of the page.

Here’s the deal, though. Take the recall as a warning. Plastic isn’t exactly the worst thing you can find in a nugget. As Joselyn Gray notes, in a comparison on which nuggets are the best and worst, “The first nugget was approximately 50 percent “striated muscle” you know, meat. The rest was primarily fat, with some blood vessels, skin, and nerve cells thrown in for good measure. Mmmmm. Nerve cells. The second nugget was a mere 40 percent actual meat, with “generous quantities of fat and other tissue, including connective tissue and bone spicules.” Dude, I think you meant bonus spicules, amirite? Delish.

Oh my. And as noted over on Food Matters, Chicken McNuggets contain stuff like Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent.”

An antifoaming agent? Wha?

I know these are McNuggets and not Tyson but the difference is probably negligible. The article continues with an explanation on exactly what Dimethylpolysiloxane is. “Dimethylpolysiloxane, a type of silicone, is used in caulks and sealants, as a filler for breast implants, and as key ingredient in Silly Putty.” Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about Dimethylpolysiloxane:

“PDMS is also used as a component in silicone grease and other silicone based lubricants, as well as in defoaming agents, mold release agents, damping fluids, heat transfer fluids, polishes, cosmetics, hair conditioners and other applications. PDMS has also been used as a filler fluid in breast implants, although this practice has decreased somewhat, due to safety concerns. PDMS is used variously in the cosmetic and consumer product industry as well. For example, PDMS can be used in the treatment of head lice…”

So that’s fun. Maybe instead of checking your nuggets for their identifying numbers you should just throw them out? Still, if you’re determined to keep eating them, here are the specifics:

The recall includes 5-pound Tyson Fully Cooked White Meat Chicken Nuggets 16142-928 with a “Best if Used By” date of Jan 26 2015 or Feb 16 2015. The manufacturer codes 0264SDL0315 through 19 and 0474SDL0311 through 14 also can be found on the bags.

Also included in the recall were 20-pound bulk packs of Spare Time Fully Cooked Nugget-Shaped Chicken Breast Pattie Fritters w/Rib Meat 16142-861 with identifying case codes of 0264SDL0315 through 19 and 0474SDL0311 through 14. These products were shipped for institutional use in Indiana and Arkansas. The product bags also contain the establishment number P-13556.

Also, for your viewing pleasure, How Chicken Nuggets Are Made on YouTube. Enjoy!


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