Chicken is often touted as a healthy source of lean protein. In fact, 96 percent of Americans reportedly consume chicken, and over 50 percent of these people consume chicken several times weekly. However, many people in Burlington County may have noted that there have been numerous incidents as of late of chicken products being recalled. In fact, the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) reports that there have been eight incidents in the first six weeks of 2019 in which a company voluntarily recalled their chicken products.
Food-safety experts have stated that while some of these incidents are caused by faulty equipment and human error, the root of other incidents remain unknown. Some recalls involved packaging that did not list allergens in the chicken products, while other recalls involved foreign substances being found in the chicken products. In fact, there have been five recalls due to undeclared allergens so far in 2019.
In comparison, there were only 15 recalls of chicken products due to undeclared allergens in all of 2018. In addition, so far in 2019 there have been three recalls of chicken products due to foreign substances in chicken products. In comparison, 2018 saw a total of four recalls over the course of the entire year due to foreign substances in chicken products.
Some of these recalls boil down to quality control issues in processed chicken products. The more processed a chicken product is, the more opportunities there are for mistakes to be made or for the product to become contaminated. Unfortunately, many times a recall comes too little too late for a consumer who has already been made ill due to dangerous food products.
We generally trust that the food we consume is safe to eat, but when mistakes are made in the manufacturing or labeling of food products, people can become very sick. When this happens, consumers may want to determine if pursuing a products liability lawsuit is a possibility. Doing so can address the negligence of those who produced the dangerous food products, as well as provide compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages victims of dangerous food products incur.