Food Recall for 34,000 Lbs of Tyson Foods Chicken Due to Salmonella
National chicken processor Tyson Foods has issued a food recall for 33,840 lbs of mechanically-separated chicken products which may be contaminated with salmonella, according to the US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.
The USDA has stated that the chicken was not sold in retail stores, but was instead distributed nationwide for institutional use.
The product under food recall was produced on October 11th, 2013. The food recall specifically covers 40 lb cases, containing four 10-lb chubs labeled “TYSON MECHANICALLY SEPARATED CHICKEN.”
The chicken was linked to seven reports of illness in a Tennessee correctional facility on December 12th, 2013. Two of those inmates were hospitalized. The FSIS worked closely with the Tennessee facility to trace the salmonella illnesses back to Tyson’s chicken. The investigation is ongoing, and the USDA will update the public with more information as it becomes available.
Salmonella is one of the most common food-borne illnesses, and in healthy adults can last between 4 and 7 days. Most cases clear up on their own without treatment, but salmonella infections can be serious or fatal in young children, elderly adults, or people with compromised immune systems.
Food Recall Notice May or May Not Be In Time to Stop Contagion
To protect yourself and your family, it’s important to know what products, foods, and medications have been recalled because they are defective or unsafe. Federal agencies such as the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and the CPSC (U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission) frequently issue recalls for medical devices, drugs, and products that may be harmful to consumers. The USDA monitors food safety and potential contamination. However, these agencies act only after they hear reports of potential contamination, either from the manufacturer, or from consumers. By the time consumer reports of illness or injury make their way to these federal agencies, it may be too late to stop harm done with a product or food recall.
Every year, thousands of consumers sustain serious injuries from defective products and foods. A personal injury lawyer can help you with an injury you may receive. 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, and other defective products such as toys, cars, food, medication, and automotive parts.
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