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People Keep Dying From Chicken Nuggets

Besides being a potentially fatal choking hazard, improper processing and insufficient cooking of chicken nuggets have killed several people recently. There is a safer option ...

IN THIS POST: 

  • $1M in fines after nitrogen kills 6 Georgia poultry plant workers
  • Tyson recalls  9 million pounds of chicken for listeria risk
  • Five feared to have died eating chicken contaminated with salmonella 
  • Diets including chicken nuggets, instant soups could contribute to early death
  • Sick after eating chicken nuggets? What you need to know.
  • A much healthier pre-cooked chicken option 

$1M in fines after nitrogen kills 6 at Georgia poultry plant

By JEFF AMY Associated Press, July 23, 2021

ATLANTA (AP) — Federal workplace safety officials are proposing nearly $1 million in fines against four companies following a January liquid nitrogen leak that killed six workers at a Georgia poultry processing plant.

U.S. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh announced citations and fines by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Friday.

“Make no mistake, this was a very preventable tragedy,” Walsh told reporters. He said the penalties imposed in the case were “relatively large but that is not enough.” He said many companies simply write off OSHA fines as the “cost of doing business” and called on Congress to increase them.

Foundation Food Group owns the plant in Gainesville, northeast of Atlanta. It was cited for 26 violations with a proposed fine of $595,474. Packers Sanitation Services Ltd., which provided cleaning services, was cited for 19 violations with a proposed fine of $286,720. READ MORE. 

” Most varieties of processed chicken nuggets should be eaten sparingly. Besides offering little nutritional value, they contain an overwhelmingly high amount of preservatives.” – Food Network

Tyson chicken recall grows by 500,000 pounds with about 9 million pounds recalled for listeria risk

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USA TODAY, JULY 8, 2021 – More Tyson Foods chicken is being recalled for possible listeria contamination.

The massive recall, first announced Saturday, grew by nearly 500,000 pounds Thursday, according to an update posted on the recall notice on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service website.

Approximately 8,955,296 pounds of frozen and cooked chicken products are part of the recall.

Walmart, Target, Kroger, Publix, H-E-B and Wegmans are among the retailers that sold Tyson branded fully cooked and frozen products. Private label products are also part of the recall and some were made for restaurants, including Jet’s Pizza, Casey’s General Store, Marco’s Pizza and Little Caesars.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also issued a food safety alert Saturday saying the products – which were shipped nationwide to retailers and institutions including hospitals, nursing facilities, restaurants and schools – may be linked to a listeria outbreak that has caused three illnesses and one death. READ MORE. 

“Listeria is the third leading cause of death from foodborne illness, or food poisoning, in the United States. An estimated 1,600 people get sick from Listeria each year, and about 260 die.” – CDC

Five feared to have died, hundreds more made ill after eating chicken contaminated with salmonella 

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By SEAN POULTER, CONSUMER AFFAIRS EDITOR | 21 February 2021

THE DAILY MAIL – Five people are suspected to have died and hundreds more, including children, became seriously ill after eating contaminated chicken imported from Poland.

The meat was turned into cheap frozen nuggets and breaded chicken products sold by major supermarkets across the UK over the past year. Some 480 people are known to have fallen ill with salmonella poisoning with more than one in three becoming so sick they needed hospital treatment.

The processed chicken products are typically bought by parents as a cheap and easy meal for children. Some 44 per cent of victims were aged 16 or under.

Significantly, public health watchdogs say the salmonella infection has been recorded as a contributory cause of death in at least one case. There have been a further four recorded deaths linked to these outbreaks, however it is not clear whether salmonella infection was a factor.

Public Health England refused to give any details on the age, gender or location for this group, potentially leaving bereaved families in the dark about the full circumstances. READ MORE. 

“Researchers examined a randomly selected chicken nugget from two different chains. The first nugget was only around 50% muscle tissue. The remainder was mostly fat, with some blood vessels and nerves in the mix. The second was around 40% muscle tissue, with the rest being fat, plus some bone pieces and connective tissue.” – Cleveland Clinic 

Diets including chicken nuggets and instant soups could contribute to early death

Will Metcalfe,

YAHOO! NEWS – Eating chicken nuggets and instant soups could contribute to an early death, a study claims.

Scientists in France who studied a large population of more than 44,500 men and women aged 45 and older uncovered a strong link between eating badly and dying.

Every 10% increase in ultra-processed food consumption was associated with a 14% greater risk of death from any cause.

Participants provided information about their eating habits, lifestyle, and socio-economic background before having their progress monitored for seven years.

Ultra-processed food was defined as food manufactured through multiple industrial processes and mostly consumed in the form of snacks, desserts or ready-to-eat or heat meals, such as chicken nuggets, instant noodle soup meals, and preserved meats. READ MORE. 

“One option that gives you total control over the healthfulness of your nuggets is to make them yourself. You’ll find loads of healthful recipes online.” HEALTH.COM 

Sick after eating chicken nuggets? You’re far from alone

IWASPPOISONED.COM– Whether purchased from a restaurant or cooked at home, chicken nuggets can cause food poisoning. The biggest risk comes from undercooked chicken nuggets. Restaurants can unknowingly serve them raw and home cooks could easily assume they are precooked creating a risk of salmonella food poisoning.

RECENT CROUD-SOURCE REPORTS OF FOOD POISONING LINKED TO CHICKEN NUGGETS:

  • Burger King, Atlantic Boulevard, Jacksonville, FL, USA | July 19, 2021
    Symptoms: Nausea Other Nausea Fever
    “Ate some chicken nuggets, don’t remember how many, most likely around 10. Almost unbearable pain, and nausea, feels like a fever starting to develop. ” — Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User
  • McDonald’s, Deshler Road, North Baltimore, OH, USA | July 19, 2021
    Symptoms: Nausea Vomiting Other Diarrhea Vomiting Cramps
    “3y old ate 4 chicken nuggets, half a shake,, and fries. 2 hours later started vomiting 12x in 4 hours and still going on. Complaining about stomach cramps and diarrhea. Ate nothing else that day out of the ordinary and not sick from viruses ” — Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User
  • Chick-fil-A, El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA, USA | July 13, 2021
    Symptoms: Nausea Diarrhea Diarrhea Vomiting Stomach Pain
    “I had four chicken strips with waffle fries I was feeling okay at first my sister started having diarrhea real bad my sister had spicy chicken sandwich along with my mom everyone got sick set for me the next day I started feeling terrible … ” — Reported By Iwaspoisoned.com User READ MORE. 

Chicken nuggets? We can think of better things to eat

What are the benefits of eating rotisserie chicken?

EATING WELL – “Rotisserie chicken is a healthy choice for people that want a lean source of protein but either don’t have the time, interest or skill to cook. It’s a low-fat cooking method and the chicken can be used in a variety of ways.” says Lisa Andrews, M.Ed., RD, LD, owner of Sound Bites Nutrition.

Protein plays many important roles in the body, from building and maintaining muscle to regulating hormones and controlling blood sugar. Protein is also digested more slowly than carbohydrates, so getting enough of it at a meal helps you stay full for several hours.

Beyond the fact that it’s a lean protein, rotisserie chicken also offers a variety of other important nutrients. The vitamins and minerals found in rotisserie chicken “play a role in everything from blood cell development to nervous system function, skin health, cognition and energy production,” notes Stark.

“Because it’s usually enjoyed as a quick meal starter, rotisserie chicken is also a fabulous vehicle for boosting your intake of other nutritious foods like whole grains, vegetables and healthy fats,” she adds … READ MORE. 

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