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Thousands of Pounds of Chicken Recalled of Listeria Concerns

The New Jersey produt liability attorneys at Breslin and Breslin are reporting that Mount Venron-based food company is recalling thousands of pounds of chicken products due to a possible listeria contamination, according to federal authorities.

Sally Sherman Foods, located at 300 N. MacQuesten Parkway, issued a recall Thursday for about 3,004 pounds of chicken salad items due to the possible bacteria contamination, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

The recall was for food products produced between Feb. 2 and 18. The foods may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, which could cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns, according to the USDA.

The following products are subject to the recall:

  • 4-lb. plastic container of Sally Sherman "Spa Chicken Salad with Greek Yogurt," with a packaging date of Feb. 2, 9, 11, and 18, 2016 and a case code of N-026, N-096, N-114, N-184.
  • 4-lb. plastic container of Sally Sherman "Chicken Salad All White Meat," with a packaging date of Feb. 2, 4, 11, and 18, 2016 and a case code of N-026, N-044, N-114, N184.
  • 4-lb. plastic container of Sally Sherman "Deluxe Chicken Salad All White Meat," with a packaging date of Feb. 4, 11, and 18, 2016 and a case code of N-044, N-114, N184.
  • 4-lb. plastic container of Sally Sherman "Farmcrest Chicken Salad," with a packaging date of Feb. 2, 4, 9, 11, and 18, 2016 and a case code of N-184, N-114, N-026, N-044, N-096.
  • 4-lb. plastic container of Sally Sherman "Cranberry Walnut Chicken Salad," with a packaging date of Feb. 4, 9, 11, and 18, 2016 and a case code of, N-044, N-096 N-114, and N-184.

The recalled products have the establishment number "P-4400" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The food items were shipped to locations in New York, as well as New Jersey, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland.

The contamination was found when an in-plant sampling confirmed positive for listeria, according to the USDA.

The bacteria possess a "High" health risk, and the recall was classified as a Class I, which means a "health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death," according the Food Safety and Inspection Service's website.

Sally Sherman Foods makes various pre-made salads, pastas, seafoods, and desserts, among other things, that appear in bagel stores, cafeterias, coffee shops, diners, religious institutions, and prisons and jails, according to the company website.

Symptoms of listeria include fever and muscle aches, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. These symptoms are sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms, but almost everyone who is diagnosed with listeria has "invasive" infection, in which the bacteria spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract.

In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn. Serious and sometimes fatal infections are possible in older adults and persons with weakened immune systems.

Listeria can be treated with antibiotics.

There have been no reports of illness due to consumption of these products.

Persons in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell the health care provider about eating the contaminated food, according to the USDA.

If you or a loved one has become ill or suffered losses as a result of consuming a contaminated Sally Sherman Foods product, you may be entitled to compensation. To find out if you are eligible to file a claim, contact the experienced and trusted North Jersey attorneys at Breslin and Breslin today. 

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