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Starbucks Chicken Recall Lawsuit Update

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Flying Food Group, LLC is now recalling a variety of chicken products sold at Starbucks coffee shops in Georgia and Alabama because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. Ingesting listeria can lead to listeriosis, a rare but potentially deadly form of food poisoning. This is an FSIS Class I recall, meaning that this is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the consumption of this product will cause serious health consequences or death.

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What’s the problem?

July 19, 2011 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today that over 200 pounds of the following ready-to-eat chicken products are being recalled from Starbucks coffee shops in Georgia and Alabama because they have the potential to be contaminated with listeria:

  • 8.4-ounce packages of “STARBUCKS CHIPOTLE CHICKEN WRAPS Bistro Box”
  • 6.3-ounce packages of “STARBUCKS CHICKEN & HUMMUS Bistro Box”

The products in question were produced on July 13 and can be identified by an ‘Enjoy by 071511’ date on the bottom left corner of the package and the establishment number ‘P-34373’ inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The listeria contamination was discovered by routine microbiological sampling conducted by the FSIS. To date, there have been no reports of illnesses linked to this recall.

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Listeria Food Poisoning (Listeriosis)

According to the Mayo Clinic, Listeriosis [1] is a rare but serious foodborne illness caused by eating foods contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes bacteria. Infection can be particularly dangerous for pregnant women, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems. High-risk foods include:

  • ready-to-eat seafood (i.e. smoked fish, mussels)
  • raw seafood (i.e. sushi, sashimi)
  • premixed raw vegetables (i.e. coleslaw)
  • precooked meats (i.e. pate, deli meat, cooked chicken)
  • unpasteurized milk
  • soft-serve ice creams
  • soft cheeses (i.e. brie, camembert, ricotta)

Most cases of listeriosis in otherwise healthy people are so mild that they may go unnoticed. However, in certain cases, a listeria infection can lead to extremely serious complications including generalized blood infections (septicemia) and inflammation of the membranes and fluid surrounding the brain (meningitis).

Additionally, listeriosis can have a disastrous effect on an unborn baby. If it is contracted early on in pregnancy, listeriosis may lead to miscarriage. If it occurs later in pregnancy, a listeria infection may lead to stillbirth, premature birth, or a fatal infection in the baby after birth. Signs and symptoms of listeria food poisoning may include (but are not limited to):

  • fever
  • stiff neck
  • confusion
  • weakness
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea (which may or may not be bloody)

How can Listeriosis be prevented?

In most cases, contamination by Listeria monocytogenes can be prevented by following a few simple rules:

  1. do not consume raw (unpasteurized) milk or milk products
  2. wash hands and all kitchen utensils after preparing uncooked food
  3. rinse raw produce thoroughly before eating
  4. keep uncooked meats separate from fruits and vegetables
  5. thoroughly cook meat to a safe internal temperature
  6. eat perishable (ready-to-eat) foods as soon as possible
  7. heat hot dogs, cold cuts, and deli meats before consuming

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