Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Nuggets
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October 27, 2014

A Pennsylvania-based company is recalling about 31,700 pounds of breaded chicken products.

Murray's Inc. issued the recall for gluten free chicken nuggets and chicken breasts after a sample tested positive for staphylococcal enterotoxin by the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

The recall affects 12-ounce boxes of Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets and 10.5-ounce boxes of Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast. The products have a best by date of Aug. 9, 2015 and bear the establishment number P-516 inside the USDA mark of inspection. These products were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

The U.S. Department of Agricultures, Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) and the company have received no reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

Staphylococcus aureusis a common bacterium found on the skin and in the noses of healthy people and animals. Staphylococcus aureuscan 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 symptoms: nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, and diarrhea. The illness is usually mild and most patients recover after one to three days.

To prevent staphylococcal contamination, FSIS advises consumers keep kitchens and food-serving areas clean and sanitized. Keep hot foods hot (over 140°F) and cold foods cold (40°F or under). Make sure to wash hands and under fingernails vigorously with soap and water before handling and preparing food. Do not prepare food if you have an open sore or wound on your hands or if you have a nose or eye infection.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Murry's customer service at (717) 273-9361.