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Tyson Recalls Frozen Chicken Nuggets Because They Might Contain Rubber

If you have packages of Tyson White Meat Panko chicken nuggets in the freezer, you may want to check on them.

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Over 18 tons of the nuggets are being called back after consumer complaints led to the discovery of rubber pieces within.

According to a USDA press release, these were shipped to retail locations nationwide, meaning anywhere Tyson sells their products may have the rubber-filled nuggets.

The USDA also released pictures of the specific labels affected by the recall, which you can view here.

Key identifying marks to look for on 5-pound packages include a “BEST IF USED BY” date of November 26, 2019, a case code “3308SDL03,” and time stamps ranging from 23:00 through 01:59.

So far, nobody has reported any adverse reactions or injuries related to the nuggets. If you do have one of the recalled bags, however, you should either discard it or return it to where you bought it from.

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Tyson Invests In Memphis Meats, Lab-Grown Meat Will Debut Before You Know It

Poultry giant Tyson is continuing its investments in the future of meat by getting involved with a lab-grown meat startup: Memphis Meats. Tyson’s involvement could mean that we get this so-called “clean meat” in stores a lot sooner than expected.

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Memphis Meats made waves early last year when they debuted a piece of lab-grown fried chicken. Made without killing a single bird, muscle cells are instead extracted from an animal and grown on a medium that allows it to swiftly replicate into pieces of meat. Memphis Meats has also made “clean” beef meatballs and duck using their proprietary technology.

Tyson’s new minority stake in the startup shows their commitment to looking at new ways to produce meat or meat analogs. It also increases the sustainability image of the firm, as lab-grown meat can potentially decrease water/land usage and greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90 percent compared to traditional livestock raising.

Terms of the investment were not disclosed in the company’s press release, but Tyson now joins big names like Bill Gates, Cargill, and Richard Branson as minority owners in Memphis Meats.

Tyson has also recently injected more money into Beyond Meat, a plant-based burger company already taking hold in grocery stores across the nation. The chicken-producing empire owns more than 5 percent of Beyond Meat at this point.

For Memphis, Tyson’s new investment means the opportunity to accelerate product development. As of last year, the cultured meat company was hoping to have its meat in stores by 2021. The fresh injection of cash should accelerate that timeline, as Memphis is currently looking to expand its team to make that possible.

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Tyson Recalls 2 Million Pounds Of Food Over Serious Labeling Error

A massive cascade of recalls has swept up chicken-producing giant Tyson Foods.

The food manufacturer just recalled nearly two and a half million pounds of frozen chicken patties and fritters that were produced over the past year because of a mislabeled product, according to Food Safety News. The breadcrumbs that Tyson utilized in their food contained milk that was not declared on the labels.

Since milk is considered to be a major allergen, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a Class I recall to indicate that those who are allergic to milk and unknowingly consume the improperly marked foods may suffer from “serious, adverse health consequences, or death.” So far, thankfully, no such cases have been reported that are linked to Tyson, according to Fortune.

Tyson gets their breading from an unidentified supplier, whose labeling error has led to a total of over 3 million pounds of food being recalled so far, the majority of it being Tyson’s frozen foods. Other major brands affected by the mistake include Libby’s and Chef Boyardee.

Fortunately for Tyson, the massive food recall does not mean that the millions of pounds of misbranded foods will be lost. They do have four options for their returned product that can be utilized: recooking, reworking, relabeling, or destruction if the products cannot be saved. Since Tyson’s products are all frozen, it is possible they could just be relabeled to ensure that customers know the chicken patties and fritters contain dairy within them.

If you have purchased Tyson frozen products recently, you should check here to see if your purchase should be returned and refunded.

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Tyson Foods’ CEO Thinks The Future Of Food Could Be Meatless

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Tyson Foods’ CEO Tom Hayes just made a bold proclamation that we should definitely all pay attention to.

In an interview with FOX Business, the head of one of the world’s largest chicken manufacturers claimed that plant-based protein is going to become a significant part of the future of food.

“If you take a look at the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) stats, protein consumption is growing around the world—and it continues to grow. It’s not just hot in the U.S.; it’s hot everywhere, people want protein, so whether it’s animal-based protein or plant-based protein, they have an appetite for it. Plant-based protein is growing almost, at this point, a little faster than animal-based, so I think the migration may continue in that direction.”

With our world’s food supply projected to run out by 2050 on its current trajectory, many alternatives to foods – including protein – have been heavily discussed and researched by the food industry. It’s led to the development of many key alternative protein products, such as utilizing bugs in items like pasta and turning plants into meaty products like Impossible Foods’ famous bleeding plant-based burger.

Hayes has apparently caught onto that trend, and is leading Tyson in a direction to be a part of the plant-based category of meats. The company has already acquired 5% of plant-based meat company Beyond Meat and has a $150 million venture capital fund to help startups who are attempting to make their own meat alternatives.

With the plant-based meat market value being well over $500 million and plant-based products to have a $5 billion market by 2020, things are only looking up for the plant-based meat industry. Especially now that one of the biggest names in meat production has thrown their support behind this movement.


Tyson Employees Secretly Filmed Kicking And Punching Chickens, Now Fired

WARNING: The photos and videos below are graphic and may not be safe for work.

Tyson Foods just cleaned house after a video surfaced of employees choking out, long-tossing and kicking the very chickens they try to feed us.

An animal rights group called Compassion Over Killing secretly taped the trained employees performing the cringe-worthy acts, and released it for the world to see.

Of course, the largest chicken producer in the US wasn’t going to just sit back and let this video sully their great name, so every single one of the 10 workers in that video, pounding away on chickens, got fired.

Vice president of sustainable food production, Christine Daugherty said in a statement that they’re disgusted by what’s in the video and obviously don’t condone animal abuse.

Compassion Over Killing said in a statement, “Tyson, the titan of this industry, is literally crushing the life out of birds.”

Trying to watch the whole video is a little unbearable, but if you think your stomach can take it, check it out below, courtesy of the Washington Post: