Chicken Nuggets Recalled for Food Poisoning RiskOctober 27, 2014 — More than 31,000 pounds of gluten-free frozen chicken nuggets are being recalled because they may be contaminated with Staphylococcus, a bacteria that can cause food poisoning.

Products affected by the recall:

  • 12-oz. boxes of “Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast Nuggets.”
  • 10.5-oz. boxes of “Bell & Evans Gluten Free Breaded Chicken Breast.”

The products have a best-by date of August 9, 2015 and they have the establishment number “P-516” within the USDA mark of inspection. The contamination was discovered by the Colorado Department of Agriculture during a retail surveillance and sampling program.

No illnesses have been reported.

Staph Infection Food Poisoning

Over 30 types of Staph bacteria can cause illness, but most infections are caused by Staphylococcus aureus, which is commonly found on human skin or in the nose of 25-30% of healthy adults. It can produce seven toxins that are often responsible for food poisoning.

People who consume Staph bacteria could develop a gastrointestinal illness in as little as 30 minutes. Symptoms usually develop within one to six hours after eating contaminated food and go away within 1-3 days. These symptoms and may include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach cramps
  • Diarrhea

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