If You're Eating This One Type of Meat, You Could Get Seriously Sick

A serious poisoning risk has been reported in this popular ready-to-eat chicken product.

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You've been warned your whole life that there's a dire risk of Salmonella poisoning if you eat undercooked chicken. But that thought wouldn't cross your mind if you bought some "ready-to-eat" chicken, right? Well, unfortunately, a major recall of a popular "fully-cooked" chicken product has just been issued after a test detected the poultry may be undercooked. Read on to see if your chicken breast is affected, and for another food recall that should be on your radar, check out If You Have This Milk in Your Fridge, the FDA Says to "Destroy" It.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced that the issue had arisen with 10-pound cases of Mary's Fully Cooked Chicken Breast, made by Tarantino Wholesale Foods Distributor in San Diego, California. "These items were shipped to institution locations in California and were sold directly to retail consumers," the FSIS's report reads. The affected products have the establishment number P-8119 in the USDA inspection mark, the lot code 20297, and a use-by date of 10/23/21.

The warning was raised after a customer complained that the product, which is sold as "ready to eat," appeared to be undercooked. This triggered a "Class 1" recall, with the FSIS deeming the health risk to consumers "high" due to a "reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death."

While there have so far been no reports of illness or sickness related to the chicken, the potential risk is a serious one. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that while chicken is the most commonly consumed meat in America, in its raw state, it is often contaminated with bacteria like Campylobacter, Salmonella and Clostridium perfringens. All of these can lead to serious food poisoning, resulting in high fever, diarrhea over consecutive days, bloody stool, prolonged vomiting, and dehydration. Symptoms usually begin between six hours and six days after infection occurs and while most recover, young children, the elderly, and immunocompromised individuals can have far more serious, and even fatal, illnesses.

The CDC estimates that salmonella causes around 1.35 million infections, 26,500 hospitalizations, and 420 deaths in the U.S. each year. And about a million of those infections are from eating poultry that's contaminated with harmful bacteria.

If you have any suspect packages of Mary's Fully Cooked Chicken Breast in your refrigerator, do not eat them. According to FSIS, you should throw them away immediately or return them to the point of purchase. And for more on staying safe in your kitchen, check out If You're Using This Pressure Cooker, You Need to Stop Now.

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John Quinn
John Quinn is a London-based writer and editor who specializes in lifestyle topics. Read more
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