Chicken Under Food Recall for Possible Staph Infection

Manufacturer Issues Food Recall for Chicken Products After Discovering Possible Staph Infection

staph infectionAfter the years-long salmonella outbreak that originated with Foster Farms chicken led to hundreds of infections and even some salmonella-contamination deaths in the US and its territories, many consumers have rightly become concerned about sanitation conditions of the chicken products, from whole chickens to thighs to nuggets. Now, the latest chicken food recall involves the possibility of staph infection.

Murry’s Inc, a Pennsylvania-based chicken processing plant, has issued a food recall for 31,689 pounds of gluten-free breaded chicken products, starting on Saturday, October 25th. The products under the food recall bear the establishment number “P-516” inside the USDA mark of inspection. Any consumer who purchased a Murry’s gluten-free breaded chicken product should check the USDA inspection mark for this lot number. The products have a sell-by date of August 9th, 2015.

The potential infection of Staphylococcus aureus was discovered by the Colorado Department of Agriculture during a routine retail surveillance and sampling program. The CDA notified the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, which issued the food recall.

The staph-based food recall is a Class I recall, meaning it is the most serious recall possible. Anyone who develops a gastro-intestinal illness because of staph can suffer serious internal injuries.

Staphylococcus aureus is a common bacterium found on the skin and in noses of normal healthy humans and animals. However, when the bacterium enters the stomach, it can produce seven toxins frequently responsible for food poisoning. Staph food poisoning can begin within 30 minutes of eating contaminated food.

Although the food recall is Class I, the FSIS has so far received no reports of injury or illness from consuming these chicken products.

Defective Products Can Lead to Health or Food Recalls

Every year, thousands of consumers sustain serious injuries from defective products, whether broken bones from a car accident, or a serious illness from a food-borne pathogen. Many of these injuries could be avoided if the manufacturers or distributors of these products took additional steps to ensure consumer safety. Defective products that commonly cause injuries include medical devices, pharmaceutical products, food recalls, and other defective products such as toys, cars and automotive parts.

Under products liability law, it’s the injured party’s burden to prove that the product was defective. Therefore, it is important that the product be inspected by one or more qualified experts to determine the exact nature of the defect and whether that defect caused the harm suffered. If the product is not recovered, the customer may be left with no proof that the product was defective.

There are a number of reasons that defective products make it to our shelves:

  • Defective manufacturing
  • Inadequate testing
  • Food-borne pathogens
  • Design defects
  • Marketing Misrepresentation

Consumers that have been harmed by defective products such as drugs, medical devices, improperly-sealed food, or other products, may be eligible to receive legal remedies.

The Strom Law Firm Protects Citizens Harmed by Delayed Product or Food Recalls

The attorneys at the Strom Law Firm aim to protect our clients’ health and safety, and hold manufacturers to the highest possible standard of safety. Product recalls are especially important because defective drugs, medical devices, food, and toys can seriously injure or even kill consumers. If you or a loved one have experienced severe, life-limiting side effects from a defective food, product or drug, and believe that your pain stems from a product, drug, or food recall that came too late, you may be entitled to compensation. The Strom Law Firm can help. We offer free, confidential consultations to discuss the facts of your case, so contact us today. 803.252.4800

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