A Tyson product on the shelf of a local supermarket in St. Maarten on Wednesday.
PHILIPSBURG–St. Maarten has been listed as one of the countries to which recalled Tyson chicken strips have been distributed.
Health Minister Emil Lee and the Inspectorate of Public Health did not respond to the Daily Herald’s request for a comment on the matter Wednesday afternoon.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has identified retailers, including Walmart, Kroger, and Target, that received part of more than 11 million pounds of recalled Tyson chicken strips. Eleven brands and several flavours are involved.
Three persons have reported injuries from metal pieces in the products. In addition to nationwide distribution in the United States, Tyson also shipped the implicated chicken strips to the U.S. Virgin Islands, Hong Kong, Bermuda, and St. Maarten, Food Safety News reported.
“The problem was discovered when the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) received two consumer complaints of extraneous material in the chicken strip products. FSIS is now aware of six complaints during this time frame involving similar pieces of metal, with three alleging oral injury,” the USDA’s FSIS was quoted as saying in an online article published by Food Safety News.
US government officials are concerned that consumers, commercial kitchen operators, and military kitchen supervisors may unknowingly have the recalled Tyson chicken strips in their freezers because of their long shelf life. The products have “Use By Dates” of October 1, 2019, through March 7, 2020.
“Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase,” according to an expanded recall notice posted by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service on May 4.
The 11-million-pound recall of chicken strips is separate from one for 190,000 pounds of Tyson frozen chicken “fritters” posted by the FSIS on June 7. The June 7 recall was initiated because of complaints about plastic pieces. At least three schools filed complaints about the chicken fritters, but no injuries have been reported.