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Frozen foods manufacturer Barber foods recently announced a massive defective product recall of more than 1.7 million pounds of frozen chicken meat, citing a possible salmonella contamination as the reason for the recall.

Products affected by the recall include Barber Foods’ Breaded Stuffed Chicken Breasts, and have a use by/sell by date of April 28, 2016; May 20, 2016; and July 21, 2016. People who own any Barber Foods’ chicken products should check the USDA mark of inspection on the packaging. Any food with “P-276” stamped inside the mark of inspection may be contaminated.

Salmonella is a foodborne illness that is one of the most common causes of food poisoning, including symptoms ranging from abdominal cramps and fever to diarrhea and vomiting. While the disease generally goes away in 4-7 days, some people afflicted by salmonella may need to be hospitalized for severe dehydration. Young children and senior citizens are especially at risk, as are individuals with weakened immune systems.

While cooking raw chicken to 165 degrees Fahrenheit is often enough to rid the chicken of any dangerous pathogens, Barber Foods is issuing the recall because many customers do not take the same precautions with pre-made frozen dinners as they do with food they prepare themselves. For example, many people do not use a meat thermometer to test frozen chicken products, or wash their hands after handling frozen chicken.

At the law firm of Long & Long, we want to keep potential clients aware of the dangers posed by defective products. If you or a loved one was harmed by a defective product, contact us to determine whether you have a case against the manufacturer. Our product liability lawyers have plenty of experience and will give you a free case review. Reach us by phone at (251) 432-2277 today.

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