Earlier this month, Perdue issued a recall of over 15,000 pounds of frozen chicken nuggets after customers reported contaminated products.
The chicken nugget recall pertains to 8-ounce boxes of Applegate Naturals Chicken Nuggets, some of which allegedly contained small plastic particles. The company produced the nuggets on February 5, 2014, and they were marked to remain on shelves until the same date in 2015.
Although no consumers have reported illness or injury after ingesting the chicken nuggets, Perdue acted quickly to recall them from multiple retailers across the country. As of August 8, these products are no longer stocked in stores; however, they may still remain in individual homes.
In light of this recent recall, consumers may wonder what measures the FDA and food manufacturers take to keep unsafe foods off of store shelves, as well as what they can do to keep themselves and their families safe.
What to Do In Case of a Food Recall
A manufacturer may enact a food recall for a variety of reasons, usually due to evidence or reports it has received that a product that may cause illness in those who consume it. Contamination by a pathogen or allergen may be responsible. Or mislabeling can prompt a recall.
All types of foods can become contaminated, from fresh produce to frozen, processed foods. Consumers wishing to protect themselves from illness should regularly engage in safety measures such as:
• Checking news and recall sites. Watching and reading the news regularly exposes consumers to information about prominent food recalls. Foodsafety.gov also offers recall listings, phone alerts, and a widget to keep people apprised.
• Throwing out or returning items in question. Read the recall information to find out whether you should discard a product or bring it back to the store for a refund.
• Call the hotline. Most manufacturers provide a hotline for questions or concerns regarding a recall.
Exposure to contaminated foods may seem inevitable, but paying close attention to and complying with recent recalls helps prevent illness.
If you or someone you know has become ill from eating contaminated food, a D.C. consumer safety attorney can help you hold the manufacturer accountable.
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