ATLANTA Commissioner Tommy Irvin said today that food scientists with the Georgia Department of Agriculture have found contaminated chicken strips in Oscar Mayer ready to eat chicken breast strips with rib meat.

He said the contamination was found in a six-ounce packaged sample marked as grilled fully cooked and ready to eat with a code use by 19 Apr 2007 18:35D. Each package bears the establishment number 1-9-6-7-6 inside the U-S-D-A mark of inspection.

Irvin said his scientists found Listeria monocytogenes in the sample. He said food so contaminated can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially serious disease.

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