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North Carolina Company Recalls Chicken Breasts

Raeford Farms, a company based in North Carolina (NC), has recalled its cooked chicken breasts after tests found Listeria monocytogenes contamination in more than 4,100 pounds of the product. The recalled chicken packages are marked with the code P-239A inside the USDA mark of inspection, along with the product code 94268 and a package date of “1270.”

Potentially tainted chicken breasts were shipped to Florida (FL), North Carolina, Georgia (GA) and South Carolina (SC).

No illnesses have been reported to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, but listeria infection is a serious fear. Listerioisis generally affects older people, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems.Symptoms often take months to develop and can include muscle aches, neck stiffness, diarrhea, confusion, convulsions, headache and loss of balance.

Earlier in 2011, more than 145 people were sickened, and another 30 people were killed after consuming cantaloupes tainted by listeria. The bacteria and the illness it causes should not be taken lightly, and this product recall should be followed to the letter.

Throw away any chicken you believe to be affected by this recall. As a personal injury attorney, I've seen far too many people sickened by everyday products and foods that are generally believed to be safe. The reality is that virtually any product can be affected by dangerous germs. It is up to the companies to recall these products, and to the consumer to throw away tainted food.

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