Nearly a million pounds of ready-to-eat breaded chicken sold nationwide has been recalled due to possible metal contamination. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), OK Food Inc. is recalling about 933,272 pounds of breaded chicken items produced at various dates from Dec. 19, 2016 through March 7, 2017.
The problem with these products was discovered on March 21, 2017 when OK Foods got five consumer complaints stating that FSIS inspectors found metal objects in the ready- to-eat chicken products. After an internal investigation, the Oklahoma-based company identified the affected products and determined that the objects in all the complaints came from the metal conveyor belting.
The items were shipped to retail locations and institutions nationwide. So far, there have been no reports of adverse reactions as a result of people eating these products. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. They could be discarded or returned to the store for a refund.
Contamination Involving Foreign Objects
When it comes to processed food, contamination with foreign objects is, unfortunately, fairly common. Foreign objects such as pieces of plastic, rubber, glass or metal could get mixed in with food products during manufacturing or processing. Sharp fragments have the potential to cause serious injuries to consumers to ingest the products.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers a product adulterated if it contains a hard or sharp foreign object that measures 7 mm to 25 mm in length and is ready to eat or requires only minimal preparation steps that would not eliminate or neutralize the hazard before the food is consumed. Glass is the most frequently reported foreign material in food to cause illness or injury. Processed foods pass through various machines and conveyor belts before they get packaged and sold to consumers. This is where there is the potential for contamination.
Food producers have a responsibility to produce and sell items that are safe and healthy for consumers. Injured victims of contaminated products can hold manufacturers responsible by filing a product liability claim and seeking compensation for the injuries and damages including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, pain and suffering and emotional distress. An experienced California product defect lawyer can provide affected victims with more information about pursuing their legal rights.