In recent years, chicken nuggets have been the subject of a lot of scorn, especially among foodies. While nuggets are often said to contain chicken innards and pink slime-type substances, plastic is usually not a rumored ingredient.
Suzanna's Kitchen, a Duluth company, could change that. The company is recalling 35,800 pounds of chicken nuggets and patties that may contain pieces of plastic, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.
According to the USDA, the problem was discovered after consumers complained about finding pieces of plastic in nuggets. The plastic may have come from bags used to package the meat before production.
Here's a list of the recalled products:
- 12-ounce cartons of Freebird Fully Cooked Chicken Nuggets with a case code of "6220," a Julian code of "2705," and a use-by date of March 15, 2014.
- 12-ounce cartons of Freebird Fully Cooked Gluten Free/Soy Free Chicken Patties with a case code of "6244," Julian code of "1249" and use-by date of Sept. 6, 2013.
- 10-pound cases of Fully Cooked Chicken Nuggets with a case code of "6221," a Julian code of "2075" and a use-by date of March 15, 2014.
Food recalls are often required under law and sometimes initiated by the Food and Drug Administration. In other cases, food companies want to minimize their liability and keep up their brand's image.
Fortunately no injuries have been reported, according to the USDA. However, if the plastic causes someone to choke or injures a consumer in some other way, it could be the basis for a personal injury or product liability suit.
Foodborne illness is one of the most common reasons for personal injury suits. If you suffer injury after eating food from a store or restaurant, you can sue the producer of the food or the restaurant that served it to you under a product liability theory.
You'll have to show evidence that the food was contaminated when you bought it. If successful, you could recover damages for your medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages.
If you bought any of the recalled products or have any questions about the recall you should contact the Freebird Consumer Hotline toll-free at (800) 724-0206.
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