Chicken nuggets are some of the most popular foodstuffs for children, and it’s not hard to see why. They taste good, and they’re easy to eat, so even the fussiest eaters won’t complain.
However, not even the beloved chicken nugget is free from risks.
Tyson Foods has issued a recall for almost 30,000 pounds of its popular dinosaur-shaped “Fun Nuggets” after several consumers reported finding metal fragments in the food. The food company informed the federal Food Safety and Inspection Service that a batch of nuggets produced on September 05 was affected, so it issued a recall for the entire batch out of caution.
The USDA said that so far, there’s been one report of a “minor oral injury” related to the metal fragments. Reports confirmed that the batch of affected nuggets was shipped to distributors across various states, including Virginia, Alabama, California, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.
USDA urged all consumers with Fun Nuggets labeled P7211 on the back of the package to throw them out or return them to the store.
The risks of metal pieces in food
Of the various physical hazards that can find themselves in food, metal fragments are some of the worst. These pieces are usually broken shards from machinery, wire or even from employees. Even the smallest metal shards can cause cuts or infections to unsuspecting eaters and may even need surgery to remove them.
Suing for metal fragment injuries
If a child suffers from an injury caused by a stray metal piece in their food, parents may be able to sue the manufacturer for a defective product. Product liability lawsuits aren’t just about poor and dangerous designs; people can also file them for defects related to the manufacturing process, such as contaminants that end up in the final product.
Whether it’s a nugget or beans, metal contamination can occur in any foodstuff. Those who suffer injuries from stray foreign objects in their food should know they can turn to legal recourse to hold the manufacturers responsible.