Back in March, Oklahoma-based company OK Foods Inc. recalled over 933,000 pounds of breaded chicken, citing concerns that the products could be contaminated by metal and other foreign materials.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) stated that OK Foods Inc. became aware of the issue after five consumers alleged that metal pieces were found in ready-to-eat chicken products they had purchased, which included chicken nuggets, tenders, and patties. After an internal investigation, the company identified the affected products, which were produced between December 19, 2016 and March 7, 2017, and confirmed that the objects came from metal conveyor belting.

FSIS confirmed that there had been no verified reports of adverse reactions due to product consumption, and advised consumers to either return the product or dispose of it.

The OK Food, Inc. incident is not unique: food products can be contaminated in several ways that include:

  • Exposure to a virus, parasites, or bacteria when they are cultivated, produced, and stored. This was the case with the salmonella-tainted peanut butter that was recalled en masse in 2008.
  • Chemicals and dangerous toxins that enter a food product after exposure to toxic chemicals during the production process. Examples include pesticides and sanitization products.
  • Pollutants that find their way into food via the soil it is grown in or the factory that processes it. Toxins such as mercury and arsenic have been found in food items.

As the OK Food, Inc. example demonstrates, dangerous objects such as metal and plastic pieces from broken machinery can fall into food during the production process and present a serious injury risk to consumers.

Eating contaminated food can result in a host of debilitating symptoms, which include:

  • Prolonged and excessive nausea and vomiting
  • Severe dehydration
  • Internal lacerations due to swallowing a sharp object
  • Death due to choking or severe reaction to chemical contamination

Food manufacturers are legally obligated to ensure that there are no contaminants or foreign objects in their product. If they fail in this duty and you are injured, then the manufacturer is strictly liable to compensate you for medical treatment costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, and even wrongful death.

If you are injured or made seriously ill by a contaminated food product, then contact a New York personal injury attorney who will advise you on your rights and what action may be taken. Jayson Lutzky is a Bronx, NY defective product and recall attorney. His office can investigate the circumstances that caused your injury, assemble the medical evidence, and help you recover compensation and damages for any losses and medical costs you may have incurred. If you have been injured due to a food company’s negligence, then Mr. Lutzky will help you ensure that it pays for its mistake. Call 718-514-6619 to set up a free in-person initial consultation and visit to learn more.