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Published On: Sun, Dec 2nd, 2012

Canadian company, Aliya’s Foods Limited, recalling nearly 5,000 lbs of ‘Trader Joe’s Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice’ imported to US

Nearly five thousand pounds of chicken and rice products imported from Canada are being recalled because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, according to a Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) news release Nov. 30.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s FSIS said that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is recalling 4,865 pounds of Aliya’s Foods Limited frozen butter chicken and rice, which in the United States is sold under the name of “Trader Joe’s Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice”.

Specifically, the affected product in the recall has a product code “2012-10-31” and lot code “30512”.

The FSIS says 240 cartons have been distributed to Trader Joe’s retail stores. Trader Joe’s has contacted these stores directly and instructed them to pull the recalled product off the shelf.

Listeriosis, a serious infection usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes, is an important public health problem. . The disease primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns, and adults with weakened immune systems. However, rarely, persons without these risk factors can also be affected.

Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled. Listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Pregnant women, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems are particularly at risk. Infected pregnant women may experience only a mild, flu-like illness, however, infections during pregnancy can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth.

The USDA is advising anyone who has this product to throw it away.

Consumers with questions about this product should contact Trader Joe’s at            (626) 599-3817      .

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