It is believed 52,486 pounds of chicken wings have been recalled after fears of adulteration – failing to meet health and safety standards – emerged, according to the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
The issue of foul-smelling poultry was raised by Tyson, and then to the FSIS, after the company received reports of customers suffering from mild illness after eating the chicken.
The fully cooked buffalo-style chicken wings were made between 24 and 25 October and shipped to retail outlets across the US. Consumers are urged not to buy the 28oz bags of ‘Tyson Fully Cooked Hot Wings’ with a sell-by date of 24-25 October 2015.
'Adverse health' risk
People who have purchased the product should not to consume it. The products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase, said FSIS in a statement posted on Monday 16 November.
The recall has been given a class two classification by the FSIS. A class two health and safety warning means there is a “remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.”
It is not the first time Tyson Foods has made the headlines for the wrong reasons. In September, the company was brought into disrepute after using “cruel and illegal” practices at a poultry abattoir in Texas. And in June 2015, approximately 16,000 pounds of mince beef was recalled due to an E.coli contamination.
Tyson Foods has said it will publish a list of all retail stores selling the product on the US Department of Agriculture’s website in due course.
Any customers who do consume the product are urged to contact Tyson Foods Consumer Relations call centre.