Organic food retailer, Trader Joe’s, has announced a large scale recall of almost 5,000 pound of their store brand Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice on Friday.
The ready to eat (RTE) product product was pulled from distribution last week over concerns of Listeria monocytogenes.
The USDA issued a news release on Friday which stated:
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is alerting the public of a recall being conducted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Canadian Establishment 720, Aliya’s Foods Limited, for approximately 4,865 pounds of frozen butter chicken and rice products imported from Canada that 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.
They went onto to say, “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.”
While Trader Joe’s stores have been ordered to pull the products, produced by the Canadian company Aliya’s Foods Limited, from their shelves, the USDA is urging consumers who are aware of the recall to contact them at 888-674-6854 or go online at askkaren.gov. Trader Joe’s has also made themselves available to consumers with questions at 626-599-3779.