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Gluten-free Bell & Evans chicken nuggets recalled: Celiac disease alert

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has confirmed that Bell & Evans gluten-free chicken nuggets are being recalled for Staphylococcal enterotoxin. After a positive test result for the bacteria, the company started the recall that affects 20,232 pounds of chicken nuggets. This is the second time in less than 12 months that the Bell & Evans brand of chicken nuggets has been recalled.


Murry’s, Inc. is recalling 20,232 pounds of Bell & Evans gluten free breaded chicken breast nuggets. The packages have a best buy date of March 25, 2016, and a P-516 code located inside the USDA mark of inspection. The chicken nuggets are sold in 12-ounce black and red packages at retailers around the country. The company is alerting consumers that cooking the chicken nuggets cannot eliminate the risk of Staphylococcal enterotoxin, so they should throw away the recalled items.

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The contamination was found during a routine inspection by the Colorado Department of Agriculture, and the company was made aware of the positive test result. Staphylococcal aureus is capable of producing toxins that lead to food poisoning, and Staphylococcal enterotoxin is one of them. It can survive cooking and high temperatures, so it is not safe to consume food that has this type of contamination. The most common symptoms include fever, nausea, vomiting, headache, cramps and diarrhea. You may experience these symptoms within hours of eating the contamined product.

Murry’s, Inc. previously recalled the Bell & Evans gluten free breaded chicken breast nuggets in 2014 because of Staphylococcus aureus. In both cases, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service labeled the recall as Class I and high risk. Similar to the recent recall, the Colorado Department of Agriculture found the bacteria during a routine inspection.

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