December 3, 2012 — Trader Joe’s grocery stores are recalling “Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice,” a ready-to-eat frozen food, because the products may be contaminated with Listeria, a pathogen that can cause life-threatening food poisoning. Stores that received shipments of the recalled product have been notified and instructed to remove it from store shelves. It is possible that customers may still have the product in their homes.
The products are called “Trader Joe’s Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice,” and sold in the frozen foods aisle. Each 12.5-ounce box is marked with a lot code of “30512” and product code “2012-10-31.”
Customers should not eat the product. It should be thrown away or returned to a Trader Joe’s grocery store for a full refund.
The product was manufactured by Aliya Foods Limited, a Canadian company. The potential contamination was discovered by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS). The agencies test imported foods for pathogens and they have zero tolerance for ready-to-eat foods that test positive for pathogens at any stage of production.
The following 14 states and the District of Columbia received Butter Chicken products that have been recalled:
- Washington D.C.
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New York
- North Carolina
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
The food safety agencies warn that the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria can cause listeriosis. Although rarer than most other types of food poisoning, it is more likely to cause severe injury or death — especially for people who are young, elderly, or vulnerable to disease. Pregnant women who become ill are at risk of miscarriage or stillbirth. Symptoms of the illness include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, neck stiffness, muscle aches, fever, headache, and more.
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