What’s the problem?
July 21, 2011 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today that Pilgrim’s Pride is currently recalling the following products because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes:
- 10 lb. boxes containing 2 5-lb bags of “Sweet Georgia Brand Fully Cooked Breaded White Chicken Nuggets Shaped Patties.” These products can be identified by a date code of 11471010 on the box, as well as the establishment number ‘P-7091A‘ inside the USDA mark of inspection. The chicken nuggets were produced on May 27 and shipped to distribution centers in Texas and New Jersey for further distribution to food service institutions.
- 30 lb. boxes containing 6 5-lb bags of “Pilgrim’s Pride Fully Cooked Grilled Chicken Breast Fillet with Rib Meat.” The recalled items are labeled with a date code of 11801050, a Use By Date of Dec. 26, 2011, and the establishment number ‘P-20728’ inside the USDA mark of inspection. These products were produced on June 29 and shipped to a distribution center in Ohio for further distribution to food service institutions.
The contamination was discovered as a result of internal testing conducted by Pilgrim’s Pride. To date, there have been no illnesses reported in connection with the chicken products in question. This is an FSIS Class I Recall, meaning that this is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of this product will cause adverse health consequences or even death.
Listeria Food Poisoning (Listeriosis)
Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can lead to listeriosis, a rare but potentially deadly disease characterized by high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Those at highest risk for infection include infants, the elderly, and those with otherwise compromised immune systems. In pregnant women, listeriosis can cause miscarriages and stillbirths. To avoid contamination with Listeria bacteria, follow these simple steps:
- wash hands with warm, soapy water before and after handling raw meat and poultry.
- wash all kitchen utensils that come into contact with raw food products with hot, soapy water.
- clean all kitchen spills immediately.
- keep raw meats away from food that will not be cooked.
- Use precooked or ready-to-eat food as soon as possible.
- use separate cutting boards for raw meat, poultry, egg products and cooked foods.
- do not eat the following products: hot dogs, luncheon or deli meats (unless they are heated to steaming hot); refrigerated pâté, meat spreads from a meat counter or smoked seafood found in the refrigerated section of the store; raw (unpasteurized) milk and foods containing raw milk; pre-made ham salad, chicken salad, egg salad, tuna salad or seafood salad; soft cheeses such as Feta, queso blanco, queso fresco, Brie, Camembert cheeses, blue-veined cheeses and Panela unless it is labeled as made with unpasteurized milk.
It is important to note that Listeria monocytogenes can grow in the refrigerator. Your refrigerator should be set at 40 degrees or lower and your freezer should be zero degrees or lower. Use an appliance thermometer to check the temperature of your refrigerator.
Do I have a Pilgrim’s Pride Chicken Recall Lawsuit?
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