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Over 36,000 pounds of Tyson chicken nuggets recalled: What parents need to know

The recall comes after consumer complaints of "extraneous materials, specifically rubber" in Panko Chicken Nuggets made by Tyson Foods.

Over 36,000 pounds of Tyson chicken nuggets recalled: What parents need to know

If you've got chicken nuggets in the freezer you should check them against this recall because some 36,420 pounds of nuggets are being recalled, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced this week.

The recall comes after consumer complaints of "extraneous materials, specifically rubber" in Panko Chicken Nuggets made by Tyson Foods.

Nobody's become sick, but nobody wants kids eating bits of rubber, so the company and the Food Safety and Inspection Service are asking consumers to check the freezer for the following 5-lb. plastic packages of "Tyson WHITE MEAT PANKO CHICKEN NUGGETS."

The nuggets were sold at retailers nationwide and have a "BEST IF USED BY" date of "NOV 26 2019," case code "3308SDL03" and time stamps 23:00 through 01:59.

"These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase," the Food Safety and Inspection Service says on its website. If you have these nuggets you can call Tyson Consumer Relations at 1-888-747-7611.

This nugget recall comes on the heels of another nugget recall, and food recalls are in fact up. A recent report by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund found recalls are up 10% since 2013, with meat and poultry recalls going up 67%.

But as Matt Stasiewicz, an assistant professor of applied food safety at the University of Illinois, recently told TIME, this doesn't mean our food supply is unsafe. There were actually fewer recalls in 2018 and 2017 than the years previous, and most recalls these days are precautions, with no illnesses reported.

It's obviously concerning to parents to see food recalls in the news literally every day, but they're actually keeping our food safer.

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