Tyson recalls tens of thousands of pounds of dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets

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Most Americans are familiar with the fun, dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets popularized by food manufacturers like Tyson. However, parents who are currently in possession of said nuggets are being encouraged by the FDA to return them after customers reported finding metal shavings in some packages of the popular food product.

In a Saturday announcement, the FDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced that the 29-ounce packages of both Fully Cooked Fun Nuggets Breaded Shaped Chicken Patties were being recalled. Almost 30,000 pounds of frozen, shaped chicken is expected to be affected by the recall.

The FSIS traced the contamination back to a September 5th date of production, and the tainted nuggets were apparently shipped to Alabama, California, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin.

The FDA included a list of stores that received the contaminated nuggets on its recall website.

No serious injuries have yet been reported, but customers have reported “minor oral injuries” as a result of having chewed on metal. Customers still in possession of the nuggets are encouraged to return them to the place of purchase.

A spokesperson from Tyson told NBC News that no other products were apparently affected.

This is the second time in as many months that Tyson has faced public scrutiny. In late September, it was revealed that the Department of Labor is investigating Tyson for potential child labor violations. At the time, a Department spokesperson confirmed that both Tyson and Perdue were being investigated for potential use of underage migrant labor, particularly in jobs that were physically dangerous. Tyson did not respond to requests for comment on the investigation, and Missouri Senator Josh Hawley has promised follow up investigations into the company’s labor practices.

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