Gluten Free Breaded Chicken from Bell & Evans has been placed under a nationwide recall by a Pennsylvania packing company known as Murray’s Inc. They have put the recall out on almost 32,000 pounds of the gluten-free chicken products sold under the Bell & Evans name. The recall was started after a normal business inspection performed by the Colorado Department of Agriculture ended up showing a positive test result for Staphylococcus. The affected foods includes Bell & Evans chicken breasts and breaded nuggets that were sent all over the entire United States.
The recall was publicized on Saturday by the United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection service (USDA) and consist of around 31,700 pounds of chicken. The affected foods contain the institution number “P-516,″ which is to be found on the USDA mark of inspection located on the outer packaging.
The two various food products affected by the recall each have a “Best By” date of Aug. 9, 2015, and also contain the following labels, respectively: the company’s Breaded Chicken Breast in the 10.5 ounce box, and the Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets in the 12 ounce boxes, both gluten-free. These are the only two products in the recall.
Staphylococcal food poisoning is a gastrointestinal illness which is caused when a person eats any type of food that is tainted with the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. Even though Staphylococcus is a fairly common microorganisms and is actually on over 20 percent of healthy people, when it shows up in food is when it offers a health hazard. Staphylococcus aureus can secrete many dangerous poisons, several of which produce food poisoning. Staphylococcal poisons are resistant to heat and are not destroyed in the cooking process no matter how hot the food might get.
Food poisoning that happens because of Staphylococcus aureus usually happens fast, with signs occurring quickly. The usual onset is between one half and seven hours. Symptoms range from stomach cramps, vomiting, nausea and diarrhea. For the majority of sufferers, the illness is commonly mild and individuals are able to get better within a few days but this is not always the case. Some individuals become extremely ill.
Reports about the recall has stated that it is listed as a a “Class I Recall” even though as of this time there have been no reports received of any adverse reactions because of the consumption of either one of the chicken products. This type of recall is announced when there is belief that there is a very real probability that any consumption of the recalled product could very easily lead to very serious, adverse health consequences or even death.
Murry’s Inc. issued the recall as soon as they were informed. Again the recall is over only the gluten free varieties of Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets in the 12 ounce size and the Breaded Chicken Breast in the 10.5 ounce box. The dangerous discovery was found during a routine inspection and the recall was issued immediately after that. It was found at a test group program at a Federal Emergency Response lab. The chicken product was sent all over the country.
By Kimberly Ruble
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