It’s indeed a great time to be vegan. According to federal food safety officials (USDA), Tyson Foods has issued a massive recall of chicken strips which may contain metal contaminants.
The meat brand recalled approximately 11.8 million pounds of frozen chicken products due to metal contamination, which is a continued expansion of a recall that recently occurred due to the discovery of 69,093 pounds of chicken strips containing metal traces.
The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) first learned of the issue after receiving two complaints from concerned consumers. These consumers reported “extraneous material” found in Tyson’s frozen chicken strips. Since then, Tyson and FSIS have received further complaints about metal being found in the ready-to-eat frozen chicken strips – three of those the six complaints suffering from oral injury. The affected chicken strips were all made at one location between October 1, 2018 and March 8, 2019. This wide date range puts a lot of the company’s product in recall status.
“Consumers expect that the food they eat is safe. In their best interest and in an abundance of caution we’re taking quick and decisive action to expand this recall,” Barbara Masters, Vice President of Tyson food policy, said in a recent statement.
Thankfully, vegans need not worry about this recall as they do not consume meat. The massive recall of Tyson’s chicken strips begs the question, “If they are supposed to be real chicken pieces, how would metal be found in the meat in the first place?”