Tyson Recalls Their Chicken For A Very Big Reason!


By Cooking Panda

Remember the movie “Chicken Run”? Well, now it’s you who should be running from the chickens.

Over 3 million pounds of food has been recalled due to a mistake by an unidentified supplier who failed to notify food companies that its breadcrumbs contain milk. 

Tyson Foods, a corporation famous for its chicken production, was the most affected by this mistake. 

Because of this labeling error, Tyson had to recall almost 2.5 million pounds of frozen breaded chicken patties and fritters, according to Food Safety News.

And yep, in case it doesn’t sound like it, that’s a massive amount of food. No one’s laughing here.

This labeling error could be extremely dangerous for people who are allergic to milk, which is considered a major allergen. 

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued a Class I recall, which constitutes the highest health risk according to USDA recall classifications. 

The breadcrumbs labeling error also led to a huge recall by Conagra brands, the maker of products like Chef Boyardee and Libby’s.

The company recalled over 700,000 pounds of its spaghetti and meatball products. Talk about a crummy situation.

According to the USDA’s website, the issue was discovered on June 6, when Tyson was notified by an ingredient supplier that the breadcrumbs used in their products potentially contained undeclared milk.

Luckily, there have been no confirmed adverse health reactions to the consumption of the recalled Tyson products so far.

Although the recall applies to millions of pounds of Tyson’s food, this does not mean that all the misbranded food will go to waste, according to Foodbeast.

The Tyson products that are returned can be recooked, reworked or relabeled if possible.

Fortunately, since all the recalled products are frozen, Tyson could potentially just relabel them with ingredients that include dairy, and save their (chicken) skin. 

Let’s just hope that no one gets sick from accidentally eating the recalled products.

Sources: Foodbeast, Food Safety News, USDA  / Photo credit: woodley wonderworks/Wikimedia Commons

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Tyson Foods Has Just Recalled Its Popular Chicken Nuggets


By Cooking Panda

Tyson Foods has announced a recall of more than 130,000 pounds of two of its chicken nugget products after learning some may be contaminated with extraneous pieces of hard plastic materials.

The recalled products include a five-pound bag of Tyson Fully Cooked Panko Chicken Nuggets and a 20-pound package of Spare Time brand Fully Cooked, Panko Chicken Nuggets, Nugget Shaped Chicken Breast Pattie Fritters With Rib Meat.

Both products have a production date of July 18. The Fully Cooked Panko Chicken Nuggets items have a “Best If Used By” date of July 18, 2017.

The recall is the result of customers reporting “foreign material” in a chicken nugget product.

“According to Tyson Foods, the plastic material ranged in size from 21mm in length and 6.5mm in diameter and may have come from a round, hard plastic rod used to connect a plastic transfer belt,” the USDA said in a statement. “The firm said the products pass through a metal detector, but the plastic is not detectable to this technology.”

Tyson urges customers to throw out potentially affected boxes or return them to their place of purchase for a full refund.

Tyson also urges anybody with additional concerns or questions to reach out to the company directly at 866-328-3156 or email comments@tyson.com.

Source: USDA / Photo credit: USDA

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#GiveThemABreak: Oxfam Demands Poultry Workers Be Allowed Bathroom Breaks


By Cooking Panda

On May 11, Oxfam America, along with allied organizations, rallied at the Tyson Foods headquarters to demand that Tyson and other leading poultry companies provide their employees with a safe, respectful working environment.

Last year, Oxfam released a report and website that included photos, videos, and personal accounts from poultry workers throughout the United States. One of the most common issues experienced by these employees is denial of bathroom breaks.

“Poultry workers are humiliated, degraded, and put at risk of serious, painful health issues including urinary tract infections, because supervisors are under pressure to keep up production,” wrote Debbie Berkowitz, senior fellow at the National Employment Law Office, as noted by Quartz.

While Tyson reportedly guarantees bathroom breaks in its “Bill of Rights,” supervisors allegedly inflict restrictions, disciplinary policies, and quotas that virtually prohibit use of bathroom facilities.  

“I was stunned when poultry workers in Arkansas told me that people regularly wear diapers to work in the plants,” said Minor Sinclair, Director of Oxfam America’s US Program. “They feel they have to put up with this, to keep their jobs. The supervisors do whatever they can to keep the line running at breakneck speed, and the companies turn a blind eye, as they’re racking up record profits. It feels like something out of ‘The Jungle,’ from a hundred years ago, but it’s happening right now. It just isn’t right.”

Through their rally, petitions with over 100,000 supporters, and #GiveThemABreak social media hashtag, Oxfam aims to send a message to the top four companies: Tyson Foods, Pilgrim’s, Perdue, and Sanderson Farms, and change these inhumane policies throughout all levels of their organizations.

Source: Oxfam America, Quartz / Photo credit: John D. Simmons/The Charlotte Observer via Oxfam America

Tags: bathroom breaks, Oxfam, poultry workers, Tyson, working conditions
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