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Foster Farms has recalled nearly 40,000 pounds of frozen, pre-cooked chicken for potential listeria contamination.
According to a news report in the Los Angeles Times, the recall is for Chicken Breast Grilled Strops sold in 3.5-pound resealable bags, produced in the company’s Louisiana plant and shipped to retailers in California, Texas, Utah and Washington.
The affected product bears the processing plant number, P33901 and a “best by” date of Aug. 5, 2015. Officials with the U.S. Department of Agriculture say the problem was discovered during the company’s routine in-plant inspection.
While some of the product was set aside and held, the products included in the recall were inadvertently shipped to the retailers. So far, no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products has been reported.
This recall comes only two months after a salmonella outbreak linked to Central California-based Foster Farms was declared over.
Listeria infection or listeriosis can prove lethal. Listeria primarily affects the elderly, newborns, pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems. Symptoms of listeria food poisoning include fever, muscle pain, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and other gastrointestinal problems.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that about 1,600 illnesses and 260 deaths occur due to listeriosis annually in the United States. The largest listeriosis outbreak in U.S. history occurred in 2011, when 147 illnesses, 33 deaths, and one miscarriage occurred among residents of 28 states. The outbreak was associated with consumption of cantaloupe from a single farm.
If You Have Been Affected
If you have suffered any type of food poisoning, it is important that you get prompt medical attention. Chart your intake and make a note of everything you consumed over the last three or four days. When you see your doctor, insist on doing diagnostic tests for food-borne illnesses, especially if you suspect it. Keep a journal and document all your losses. File a complaint with the local health agency.
Contact an experienced California personal injury attorney who will ensure that their your legal rights and best interests are protected. Food manufacturers and establishments such as restaurants can be held accountable for negligent food processing or serving.
Victims can seek damages for losses such as medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. The best personal injury law firms like Bisnar Chase will always offer free consultations and comprehensive case evaluations to injured victims and their families.