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Chicken recall prompts schools to yank nuggets off lunch menus

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By Shelby Lin Erdman, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

NEW YORK, New York — New York City schools have removed chicken nuggets from the menu after metal pieces were discovered in the food.

The district made the decision after Oklahoma-based OK Foods, Inc. recalled almost a million pounds of ready-to-eat- breaded chicken products on March 23.

“DOE immediately pulled all those shipments of food out of the system, they stopped that supplier from providing anything to us,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said, according to ABC 7 NY.

The recall began after five children reportedly discovered metal in the chicken nuggets they were eating at school.

It covers bags of chicken nuggets, fillets and fries with the names Tender Bird, Smart Foods 4 Schools, Spring Rivers Farm, Chickentopia, Farmington and Great Value, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in a news release.

The chicken products were produced between Dec. 19, 2016 and March 7, 2017, and are labeled with the number “P-7092” inside the USDA inspection mark.

The products were shipped to retailers and institutions around the country, including schools, the USDA said.

The USDA has blamed the metal debris on a faulty conveyor belt.

Anyone who bought the affected products should throw them out or return them to the store.

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