The following Food Safety Alert is being sent to you from the California Department of Health Services.
WASHINGTON, November 8, 2005 – Garden Leaf Foods, a Gardena, Calif., firm, is voluntarily recalling approximately 275 pounds of a ready-to-eat chicken product that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.
The product subject to recall is: 10-ounce packages of “TRADER JOE’S HERB CHICKEN WRAP WITH MUSTARD VINAIGRETTE.” Each deli wrap bears the establishment number “P-21252” inside the USDA seal of inspection and the sell by date, “11/07.”
The deli wraps were produced on November 1 and distributed to Trader Joe’s retail stores throughout California.
The problem was discovered through FSIS microbiological sampling. FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of the products.
Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis.
However, listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy.
Consumers and media with questions about the recall should contact company President Krikor Bilanjian at (310) 767-1173.