Innovative Solutions Inc. is recalling about 97,887 pounds of raw ground chicken patty products, some of which were sold at Trader Joe’s and other stores nationwide.
According to an alert issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the items affected by the recall include two frozen chicken products including Chile Lime Chicken Burgers and Spinach Feta Chicken Sliders, some of which were sold at other grocery stores as well. Both items were shipped around the country.
Details of the Recall
The two Trader Joe’s chicken burger products have been recalled primarily because they may contain “extraneous materials, specifically pieces of bone,” according to the FSIS. While no reports of injuries or illnesses have been confirmed as a result of this contamination, FSIS is urging consumers to discard or return the products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness is asked to contact his or her healthcare provider right away.
Consumers are asked to check the products for the establishment number “EST. P-8276” printed near the USDA mark of inspection. Food safety officials are also concerned that some products may be buried in freezers from several months ago. The contaminated chicken patty products were produced on various dates from Aug. 16 to Sept. 29.
Recalls Involving Contaminated Food
There have been a number of recalls in recent months and years involving foreign bodies such as wood, metal, and rubber in processed food products. Since food processing is extremely mechanized, it is likely that parts of machinery or even surfaces such as conveyor belts could make their way into the products.
However, extraneous materials such as bone fragments can also cause serious problems such as the risk of choking, oral injuries, or even in some cases, internal injuries. Food producers, processors, and establishments that serve food are required under the law to ensure that the products they provide are safe for consumers.
If you or a loved one has been affected by recalled or contaminated food products, you may be able to seek compensation for damages such as medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, permanent injuries, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. An experienced product defect lawyer will be able to help you better understand your legal rights and options.