When Goodyear resident Larry Chaney, 37, was grocery shopping at his local Fry’s Food Store, 16380 W. Yuma Road, he came across a sale in the meat department that was too good to pass up and decided to stock up on frozen chicken.
But Chaney claims one of the poultry products he purchased between August 6 and August 7, several days before Fry’s issued a recall of unrelated service deli products, made him ill. Two days after eating Foster Farms Fresh and Natural Chicken Breast Fillets, Chaney started experiencing severe stomach pain, nausea and vomiting, dehydration, muscle fatigue, chills and migraines, he said.
“I don’t know how to describe the pain that I felt. It’s not like you could curl up into a ball and feel better. No. You just keep throwing up — like violent throwing up,” Chaney said. “My joints were hurting. I was walking like an old person. I was a complete mess.”
Chaney, who went to the emergency room twice in less than a week, said none of the diagnostic tests performed on him, including blood, urinalysis and fecal, indicated a bacterial infection.
“They couldn’t figure out what it was at first. They said when they can’t see the bacterial that means that something that you ate had a virus. There was a viral, an infection inside whatever you ate,” he said.
The Goodyear Fry’s location where Chaney speculates he bought tainted meat is the same one that issued a recall on service deli over-the-counter sliced products on August 10 “due to possible contamination with human blood-borne pathogens.”
While Foster Farms Fresh and Natural Chicken Breast Fillets were not among the items recalled by Fry’s, Chaney nonetheless believes they were indeed the source of his illness.
“I don’t know what they’re limiting it to. I don’t care what they say. This is the meat I ate, and I got sick,” he said.
The recalled products, consisting of select ham, beef, turkey, chicken breast, bologna and pepperoni from Boar’s Head and Private Selection, were sold from 6:50 to 10 p.m. August 8. Fry’s discovered the issue when conducting an internal audit of food safety procedures in the service deli August 9. The exact amount of product that was potentially contaminated has not been determined.
Chaney, who said he did not get paid for a day he took off of work, said he hasn’t reached out to Fry’s.
“I’ve had a couple friends that tell me to sue them, but I’m not into suing. It took a whole work day out of me that I didn’t get paid for, but it’s not enough for me to go further than that,” he said.
Moving forward, Chaney said he hopes Fry’s does more to avoid biological hazards and recalls.
“If they’re supposed to be making sure that their consumers are getting food that is not tainted with viruses or whatever, then they should probably do checks a lot more,” he said.
“I’m just upset because that’s the No. 1 place I go to get all of my produce and all of my meat. It’s probably going to be a while when I eat store-bought meat again.”
• SmokeMaster smoked ham
• London broil roast beef
• Ovengold skinless turkey
• EverRoast chicken breast
• Beef bologna
• Low salt deluxe ham
• No salt added oven-roasted turkey
• Mesquite smoked turkey breast
• Angus roast beef
• Hickory smoked pepper turkey breast
• Wildflower honey turkey breast
• Golden brown turkey breast
• Choice corned beef
• Black forest ham
• Choice beef pastrami
• Buffalo chicken breast
• Maple ham
• Imported Polish ham
• Honey-cured ham
Kroger, Fry’s Food Stores’ parent company, recommends customers who have purchased any of the above products not consume it. Instead, they should return it to the store for a full refund or replacement.
Customers who have questions may contact Fry’s Food at 1-800-576-4377 from 8 a.m. to midnight ET Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET Saturday through Sunday.