Perdue Foods has issued a recall for 31,703 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken products that may be contaminated with pieces of “bone material.” According to a CNN report, the fully-cooked chicken items were produced on March 21 and shipped to stores nationwide. All recalled products have the number “EST.P-369” inside the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) mark of inspection on the label.
Foreign Object Contamination
The problem was reportedly discovered after the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and the company received consumer complaints. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions as a result of consuming these products. USDA officials are urging consumers to check their freezers for the recalled products and to either discard these items or return them to the point of purchase for a refund
Last month, Tyson Foods expanded its recall of more than 11.8 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken strip products over concerns that some might be contaminated with pieces of metal. The expansion came after three of six people complained they suffered oral injuries as a result of finding the metal pieces. In January, Perdue recalled 68,244 pounds of gluten-free chicken nuggets sold nationwide over fears of wood contamination
Food is contaminated with foreign objects more often than we know. There have been a number of recent recalls over chicken products that have been contaminated with plastic, rubber, metal pieces and now bone fragments. A bone fragment can be as injurious to consumers as plastic or metal. If inadvertently ingested, it could cause internal injuries and if bitten into, it could lead to oral injuries.
If You Have Been Injured
If you or a loved one has been injured or sickened as the result of a defective or contaminated food product, it is important that you isolate and preserve the product so it can be tested for contaminants. It is also crucial that you receive prompt medical attention, care and treatment for your injury or illness.
You may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the food processing company, manufacturer, retail store and/or a restaurant that served you the contaminated food. Injured victims may also be able to seek compensation for damages including medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, and pain and suffering. An experienced California food poisoning lawyer will be able to advise you regarding your legal rights and options in such cases.