Tainted Chicken Livers Sold In New York

The ongoing <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/food_poisoning">chicken liver Salmonella outbreak involves potentially contaminated chicken products sold in New York. To date, 169 illnesses have been linked to New York City-based Schreiber Processing Corporation; of these, 89 were reported in New York.

Schreiber Processing Corporation labeled the chicken livers as “broiled” and the product appears to be ready-to-eat; however, this is misleading, said Action 12 News WBNG. In fact, the meat was only partially cooked and requires full cooking prior to consumption.

This week, we wrote that Schreiber Processing Corporation recalled an undetermined amount of its broiled chicken liver products linked to a Salmonella illness cluster. Since, the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota (CIDRAP) reported that 169 illnesses have been linked to the chicken livers.

CIDRAP said illnesses include 56 in New York city areas, with another 33 reported in 9 upstate New York counties. Another 64 have been reported in New Jersey; 9 in Pennsylvania; and 7 in Maryland. As well as in New York, the recalled chicken liver was also distributed in Maryland, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, and Rhode Island, said MSNBC recently, citing an updated FSIS post.

The recall has been deemed a Class I by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), which means this is a health hazard situation in which there exists a reasonable probability that the use of the recalled product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death. The FSIS continues to collaborate with states, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Each bag or box of the recalled chicken livers bears the establishment number “P-787″ inside the USDA mark of inspection and includes 10-pound boxes with two, five-pound bags of “Meal Mart Broiled Chicken Liver; Made for Further Thermal Processing” and 10-pound boxes of loose packed “Chicken Liver Broiled.” Of note, salmonellosis illnesses have been linked to chopped liver made from this product at retail stores.

The outbreak strain of Salmonella Heidelberg was isolated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets from samples of Schreiber Processing broiled chicken livers, and chopped chicken livers produced at retail from these livers. The chopped product would have been repackaged and will not bear original packaging information. It remains unclear at this time if this strain has any drug resistance.

Salmonellosis—Salmonella infection—commonly manifests with diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever with symptoms typically appearing from six to 72 hours after consumption of contaminated products. Chills, headache, nausea, and vomiting that can last up to seven days may also occur.

Salmonellosis usually lasts four to seven days; however, in some, the organism can invade the bloodstream, becoming so severe that hospitalization is needed. Sometimes, severe or more chronic illnesses can occur, some deadly, and some leaving sufferers with serious, life-long health issues. Salmonellosis can be especially life threatening to those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly, and persons with HIV infection or who are undergoing chemotherapy.

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