40,000 pounds of frozen grilled chicken recalled by Foster Farms

40,000 pounds of frozen grilled chicken recalled by Foster Farms

On Friday, the Department of Agriculture stated that the California-based poultry giant Foster Farms has announced recall for 40,000 pounds of frozen grilled chicken due to Listeria contamination.

Foster Farms is a family owned business unit since 1939. On August 5, the farm produced breast strips which they shipped to many US states.

In a statement, the company said it distributed the 3.25-pound packages to Costco locations in Oregon, Alaska, Washington State, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Colorado, Texas, Louisiana, California and Hawaii, and to Stater Brothers in California.

All these supplies contained frozen grilled chicken that is Listeria contaminated, so accordingly all the retailers have been notified and they have withdrawn the product from being distributed. The affected product packaging will bear the establishment number "P-33901" as well as a best by date of 08-05-15.

This contamination was brought to light during the company's routine in-plant inspection. USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) representative, Benjamin Bell, in a statement announcing the recall on Thursday, said, "While some of the product was set aside and held, the product subject to this recall was inadvertently shipped".

The good part is that the Department of Agriculture also said USDA's food safety and inspection service has not received any reports of illness associated with the product.

Listeria monocytogenes is the bacterium that causes the infection listeriosis. The bacterium is capable of surviving in the presence or absence of oxygen and so it makes it one of the most virulent food-borne pathogens, with 20 to 30% of clinical infections resulting in death. Symptoms can include high fever and severe headache. This contamination results in almost 1,600 illnesses and 260 deaths in the United States annually.

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