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on October 29, 2014

Murry’s recalls Bell & Evans chicken products

Recalled poultry products are suspected of being contaminated with Staphylococcal enterotoxin

Murry’s Inc., Lebanon, Pennsylvania, is recalling approximately 31,689 pounds of gluten-free breaded chicken products that may be contaminated with Staphylococcal enterotoxin, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced.

The products have a best by date of August 9, 2015. The following products are subject to recall: 12-oz. boxes of “Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets” and 10.5-oz. boxes of “Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast.”

FSIS and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “P-516” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These products were shipped to retail locations nationwide.   

The problem was discovered by the Colorado Department of Agriculture during a retail surveillance and sampling program funded by the USDA at a Federal Emergency Response Network lab. After being notified of the positive test result, FSIS conducted traceback activities.

Staphylococcal food poisoning is a gastrointestinal illness. It is caused by eating foods contaminated with toxin-producing Staphylococcus aureus. Staphylococcus aureus is a common bacterium found on the skin and in the noses of healthy people and animals.Staphylococcus aureus can produce seven different toxins that are frequently responsible for food poisoning. 

Staphylococcal enterotoxins are fast acting, sometimes causing illness in as little as 30 minutes. Symptoms usually develop within one to six hours after eating contaminated food. Patients typically experience several of the following: nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, and diarrhea. The illness is usually mild and most patients recover after one to three days.

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