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article imageBreaded chicken recalled due to food poisoning risk

By Tim Sandle     Oct 29, 2014 in Health
A bacterial toxin has been found in a range of breaded chicken products. As a precaution, the processed meat breaded products have been withdrawn from sale in the U.S.
The issue is that Staphylococcal enterotoxin (a bacterial poison) has been found in gluten free breaded chicken products produced by Murry’s Inc. in Lebanon, Pa. The toxin was detected during a scheduled surveillance program undertaken by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, and came about as the result of laboratory testing. The products thus carry a theoretical risk of causing food poisoning if they are ingested. The products are under the brand name Bell & Evans.
The presence of the toxin led to a traceback and recall of the potentially contaminated product. A number of products had been distributed to stores across the U.S. To date, there are no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of the potentially contaminated meat products.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the products affected are:
12-oz. boxes of “Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets.”
10.5-oz. boxes of “Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast.”
In total 31,600 pounds of chicken products have been recalled.
An enterotoxin is a protein exotoxin released by a microorganism that targets the intestines. Many of these toxins are associated with specific diseases. The toxins of concern in relation to the chicken products are associated with the bacterium Staphylococcus areus. Symptoms could include nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, and diarrhea.
In related news, poultry companies in the U.S. will soon need to meet new requirements to control food-poisoning bacteria Salmonella and Campylobacter.
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