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Major Food Recall: Here’s What You Should Know

Tyson Foods, Inc. — the world’s second largest processor and marketer of chicken, pork and beef — has once again issued a major recall, and this time it’s on approximately 69,093 pounds of chicken strips. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said they had received two consumer complaints about Tyson fully cooked buffalo-style chicken strips. The recall was issued because the meat may be contaminated with pieces of metal. Yep — metal.

If you’re familiar with Tyson Foods, the recall probably doesn’t come as a shock. The company has issued numerous recalls in the past, including one last month when they recalled more than 36,000 pounds of chicken nuggets after consumers discovered bits of rubber in the food. Hopefully, Tyson products aren’t in your home. But if they are, you’ll want to make sure they aren’t part of the latest recall.

The products recalled for containing metal were produced November 30, 2018. They have an establishment number of “P-7221” and are packaged as Tyson filly cooked buffalo-style chicken strips in 25-ounce bags, Tyson fully cooked crispy chicken strips in 25-ounce bags and Spare Time fully cooked buffalo-style chicken strips in a 20-pounds case.

If the fact that pieces of metal and rubber may be in your food isn’t enough to deter you from Tyson products, there are plenty of other reasons why you should steer clear. The company admitted to injecting its chickens with antibiotics before they hatch, then labeling the meat as “raised without antibiotics.” The U.S. Food Safety and Inspection Service also found that Tyson’s chicken contains “worrisome amounts” of bacteria like E. coli, enterococcus, campylobacter and salmonella.

Chicken is often portrayed as one of the healthiest protein sources, but the contamination of drugs and bacteria in CAFO chicken is nothing short of scary. CAFO chicken also has a weak nutritional profile compared to other protein sources, like pasture-raised chicken. If you choose to eat chicken, finding a local grass fed farmer raising chickens on pasture is the safest and healthiest way to go. In contrast to CAFO chicken meat, organic pastured eggs are one of the best protein sources you can eat.

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