Tainted Chicken Forces Recall by United: North Texas Grocery Story Chain Recalls Chicken due to Food Poisoning Worries
Texas supermarket chain United Supermarkets recently issued a recall on 13 of its steamed chicken products due to concern over a possible food safety issue with one of its providers. Though a statement issued by the company claims there have been no reports of poisoning cases, and that there has been no evidence of food borne illnesses associated with any of the products. the public should be aware that food poisoning cases can be very serious and that those affected deserve full protection of their rights.
According to the company, it issued the recall order “with an abundance of caution.” They go on to note that there had been “an initial report” of undercooked chicken, but that product testing in their supply chain revealed no further evidence of a problem.
The products affected by the recall would have been purchased between Jan. 28 and Feb.1, 2012 at a United, Market Street or Amigos market, and include:
Products affected are:
- Chicken Enchilada Dip
- Hot Buffalo Chicken Dip
- Santa Barbara Lite Chicken Salad
- Classic Lite Chicken Salad
- Classic Chicken Salad
- Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas
- Green Chile Chicken Quesadillas
- Creamy Chicken Enchiladas
- Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad
- Basil Parmesan Chicken Salad
- Artichoke Chicken Salad
- Grape Chicken Salad
- Apricot Walnut Chicken Salad
Consuming undercooked chicken can cause serious health problems, often due to the presence of bacteria such as salmonella or campylobacter. These bacteria can cause those infected to develop symptoms such as fever, abdominal pain and cramps and diarrhea. The effects can be far worse for some folks, especially small children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems. In some cases, those infected by such bacteria in undercooked chicken have developed Guillain-Barré syndrome, a rare nervous system disorder that can lead to temporary paralysis that can last several weeks and require long-term medical care.
Though reports of such illnesses are considered rare, they are also thought to be under-reported. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 76 million illnesses a year are caused by food, and that such illnesses result in 325,000 hospital stays and 5,000 deaths every year.
If you or someone you love has become sick, and you suspect food contamination to be the cause, you should contact a lawyer who will protect your rights. If you need to speak to a lawyer regarding food borne illness injuries, call the Texas Food Poisoning Injury Lawyers at Ramsey Hill LLP today.