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Food Recall

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The Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service reported that Tyson Foods is recalling 36,420 pounds of chicken nuggets. The chicken is reportedly at risk of contamination due to rubber. The day before Tyson’s announcement, Perdue Foods recalled 16,011 pounds of frozen chicken nuggets due to mislabeling and the presence of an undeclared allergens.

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“More than 36,000 pounds of Tyson chicken nuggets recalled because they may contain rubber”

“Tonnes of chicken nuggets recalled in US”

“Tyson recalls 36,000 pounds of chicken nuggets after complaints about rubber in product”

“Tyson, Perdue brands issue food recalls on chicken nuggets”

“FDA takes too long to recall tainted food, federal investigators say”

“The FDA is in shambles”

“Why is the FDA so slow on food recalls?”


  • Writing: What is the role of federal agencies in overseeing food and food products?
  • Debate: The federal government should have greater power to oversee the food industry.
  • Poll: Are you aware of any of your favorite foods being recalled?
  • Short Answer: Describe the powers of the FDA.

Current events quiz:

1) There are concerns that the panko crusted Tyson chicken nuggets are contaminated with:

a. mercury
b. plastic/rubber
c. pesticides
d. salmonella

2) How many pounds of chicken nuggets are being recalled by Tyson?

a. 1 million
b. 50,000
c. 36,000
d. 26,000

3) In addition to Tyson, this brand has also issued a recall on their chicken nuggets:

a. Perdue
b. Applegate
c. Trader Joe’s
d. Banquet

4) There have been no confirmed reports of harm or illness resulting from consumption of these Tyson chicken nuggets. (T/F)

5) The FDA is particularly adept at issuing food recalls before the product puts anyone in danger. (T/F)

6) Tyson Foods recalled their chicken nuggets over four years ago due to possible plastic contamination, the same reason behind their most recent recall. (T/F)


1) B

2) C

3) A

4) True

5) False

6) True

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