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Chicken Cutlet Recall – Fear of Listeria Contamination

chicken-cutlet-Listeria-recallAccording to the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safey and Inspection Service (FSIS) approximately 8,316 pounds of “Mom’s Chicken Extra Thin Cutlets” have been recalled because of possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

The recall is for 28.8 (1.8 lb) bags of “Mom’s” Chicken Extra Thin Cutlets, Thin-Cut Breaded Cutlet Shaped Chicken Breast Patties, which were produced on August 18, 2013 and shipped to a New Jersey distributor. FSIS is asking consumers to throw out bags of this product, which bear the Israeli establishment number “209” within the Israeli inspection mark. In addition, the expiration date for the product is February 18, 2015 and includes the UPC number “843426005866”.

FSIS first discovered the potential risk while conducting a routine sample of the product. During this test, the extra thin cutlets tested positive for Listeria. At that point, the product was held back and not sent the distributor. However, other products by the same manufacturer were processed on the same assembly line without cleanup having been done after the bad nuggets went through. As a safety precaution, FSIS sent out the recall on other products under the same brand name that may already been in homes.

Listeria causes a serious infection called Listeriosis. When contaminated food is consumed, people are at risk, especially the elderly, small children, pregnant women, and those with compromised immune systems. Although people outside of these targeted groups can also develop Listeriosis, it is not as common.

The most common side effects of Listeriosis include fever, headache, confusion, muscle aches, stiffened neck, poor balance, and convulsions. Some people also experience gastrointestinal problems to include chronic diarrhea. Unfortunately, this invasive infection can easily spread beyond the gastrointestinal tract

In fact, Listeriosis can cause miscarriage or stillbirth in pregnant women, premature births, and it can be life-threatening in newborn babies. In older adults and those with weakened immune systems, there have been reports of death associated with Listeriosis.

Generally, high-risk individuals who become infected with Listeriosis will display symptoms within a two-month period. At that time, it is imperative to seek medical care, which typically involves treatment with heavy-duty antibiotics. Also, the exact food involved should be shared, giving doctors the opportunity to notify FSIS about potential risk.

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