Bell & Evans gluten-free breaded chicken recalled: High risk bacterial contamination

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Murry’s Inc. has recalled two types of Bell & Evans gluten-free chicken products because of possible bacterial contamination. Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets and Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast are part of the recall and may have Staphylococcus aureus. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has released an alert labeled as high risk.

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The affected Bell & Evans gluten-free chicken products are part of a Class I recall which means there is a high health risk. However, there have not been reports of people becoming ill at this time. The Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets are sold in black and red boxes containing 12 oz of product while the Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast is sold in black and red boxes containing 10.5 oz of product. Consumers need to check the USDA mark of inspection for the recalled P-516 code.

The Bell & Evans chicken has an expiration date of August 9, 2015 on the packages. The Colorado Department of Agriculture found the Staphylococcal enterotoxin during an inspection. It can lead to food poisoning, and medical experts believe that symptoms start within hours of consuming a contaminated item. Cramps, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting can develop from the bacteria.

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The company has recalled 31,700 pounds of the popular gluten-free product, and consumers are being asked to carefully check their boxes at home. Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast and Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets were available from many retailers, so it is best to look for the inspection code and expiration date on all packages. If you suspect you may have consumed the recalled chicken and start to develop symptoms, you should seek medical help.

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