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Tyson Foods chicken nuggets sold at Costco recalled

Tyson Foods is recalling 132,520 pounds of chicken nuggets following reports from consumers who have found small pieces of hard plastic in the meat.

The company announced the recall Tuesday. It primarily affects 5-pound bags of Fully Cooked Panko Chicken Nuggets produced July 18, 2016, and sold at Costco. They have a "best if used by" date of July 18, 2017, with case codes 2006SDL03 or 2006SDL33. The products have establishment number "P-13556" printed adjacent to the "best if used by" date on the back of the package.

Some 20-pound bulk cases of Spare Time brand cooked nugget-shaped chicken breast patty fritters with rib meat are also affected by the recall, though they were sold to a single Pennsylvania wholesaler. They have the same "best if used by" date as the affected 5-pound bags.

Products sold in smaller packages or at other retailers were not affected.

Company officials said the plastic pieces were found in a small number of packages, and that no injuries have been reported.

"The plastic material ranged in size from 21 mm in length and 6.5 mm in diameter and may have come from a round, hard plastic rod used to connect a plastic transfer belt," a news release from the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.

Anyone who has purchased the items should throw the product out, cut the UPC and date code off the packaging and mail it to the following address for a full refund:

Tyson Foods — CP631, P.O. Box 2020, Springdale, Arkansas, 72765-9989.