Tyson Foods Inc. has recalled approx. 11.8 million pounds of frozen chicken strips because the products may be contaminated with metal, the US Department of Agriculture announced Saturday.

Government agency said this is an extension of a March 21 recall when 69,093 pounds of strips were identified.

The affected products were produced between October 1, 2018 and March 8, 2019 and have "Use by dates" from October 1, 201

9 to March 7, 2020, the message said. They have the entry number "P-7221" printed on the back of the product package.

The problem was discovered after the agency received two consumer complaints about "foreign bodies" in the chicken strip products, according to the release. The USDA is called "pieces of metal" as possible pollution.

Along with chicken products under the Tyson name, the recall also affects the selection of Publix, Kirkwood, Giant Eagle, Hannaford, Food Lion, Best Choice, Great Value, Meijer and Spare Time products. The products were shipped to dealers nationwide. Baby sleeper remembers: Children II remembers 700,000 sleepers after Fisher-Price remembers 4.7 million Rock Play products

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Tyson Foods, Inc. expanded a previous product recall may be contaminated with metal. (Photo: April L. Brown, AP)

The agency is now aware of six complaints in this timeframe involving similar metal pieces with three claims of mouth injuries.

USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service classified the announcement as a "Class I" recall. Such recalls are considered a high health risk – a "situation where there is a reasonable likelihood that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death."

The agency says it is concerned that any product may be in the consumer's freezers.

"Consumers who have purchased these products are encouraged not to consume them," recalled. "These products should be disposed of or returned to the point of purchase."

More information on how to identify recalled products is included in a visual guide published by the USDA, and a chart with a list of items. [19659003] For questions about the recall, consumers should call Tyson Foods Consumer Relations at 1-866-886-8456.

4. May Revoked Articles

The revoked products were manufactured, have "Use by dates" from October 1, 2019 through March 7, 2020 and have the entry number "P-7221" printed on the back of the product package.

  • Tyson-boiled chicken strips, 40-frozen frozen plastic bag
  • Tyson fully cooked buffalo style chicken strips, 40-ounce frozen plastic bag
  • Tyson-cooked chicken strips, 25-ounce frozen plastic bag
  • Best Choice Buffalo Style Chicken Strips , 20-ounce frozen plastic bag
  • Great value Completely cooked chicken Strips Frozen 25-ounce frozen plastic bag [19659019] Food Lion crispy chicken strips completely cooked, 25 grams frozen plastic bag
  • Tyson fully cooked crispy chicken strips, 25 grams frozen plastic bag [19659019] Tyson fully cooked buffalo style chicken strips, 25 grams frozen plastic bag [19659019] Chicken strips of food Lion, buffalo strips, fully cooked, 25 grams frozen plastic bag
  • Meijer crispy chicken strips, 25 gram frozen plastic bag
  • Meijer chicken strips, 25 gram frozen plastic bag
  • Meijer chicken strips, honey grind, 25 gram frozen plastic bag [19659019] Meijer chicken strips buffalo style, 25-ounces frozen plastic bag
  • High quality chicken strips, 25-frozen frozen plastic bag
  • Shrink-cooked chicken strips, 25-ounce frozen plastic bag
  • boiled chicken strips, 25-ounce frozen plastic bag
  • Kirkwood Honey BBQ flavored chicken strips, 25-ounce frozen plastic bag [19659019] Kirkwood buffalo style chicken strips, 25-ounces frozen plastic bag
  • Hannaford buffalo-style chicken str Ips fully cooked, 25-ounce frozen plastic bag
  • Hannaford crispy chicken strips completely cooked, 25 grams frozen plastic bag
  • Choose Spare Time full cooked strips in a variety of flavors in 20 pounds frozen saws
  • Tyson Fully cooked buffalo style chicken strips, 25 grams frozen plastic bag
  • Tyson fully cooked crispy chicken strips, 25 grams frozen plastic bag
  • Save Time full cooked, buffalo strip chicken strips, 20 pounds frozen case

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