The USDA and Food Safety and Inspection Service have alerted the public of a recall being conducted for approximately 4,865 pounds of frozen butter chicken with basmati rice products. Working closesly on this is also the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), Canadian Establishment 720 and Aliya’s Food.
Imported from Canada these products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. CFIA oversees the recall in Canada and FSIS is overseeing the effectiveness in the United States. FSIS will verify that those companies who have received product from the Canadian-initiated recall have been notified and have removed product from commerce, and will take appropriate action if prohibited activity is found.
Products imported to the United States include:
The product being recalled is considered ready-to-eat (RTE) and subject to pathogen testing since FSIS has zero-tolerance for pathogens in RTE foods at time of production, even if that food requires heating for proper serving.
While 19 cartons of product are on hold at the distribution centre, 240 cartons have been distributed to Trader Joe’s retail stores. Trader Joe’s has contacted these stores directly and instructed them to pull the recalled product off the shelf.
FSIS is concerned that consumers may have received or purchased this product but have not yet been notified about the recall. The retail distribution list will be updated as information is gathered, and is posted on FSIS’ website.
FSIS reminds consumers of the critical importance of following package cooking instructions for frozen or fresh products and general food safety guidelines when handling and preparing any raw meat or poultry.
Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. Less commonly, persons without these risk factors can be affected.
Listeriosis can cause fever, headache, neck stiffness, and muscle aches, often preceded by diarrhoea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in older adults and persons with weakened immune systems. Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics.