November 12, 2000Maple Leaf Farms Crunchy Chicken
GA (SafetyAlerts) - Georgia
Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin is warning that certain lots of Maple Leaf Farms
Crunchy Chicken Patties have tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes
The patties are packaged in 30-ounce
boxes with 12 breaded patties per box. The boxes have a USDA inspection
establishment number of P2375 and production code of 02763.
The patties were manufactured by Serenade Foods, Inc., of Milford, Indiana.
Listeria monocytogenes is an organism
which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly
people, pregnant women and individuals with weakened immune systems. Although healthy
individuals may suffer short-term symptoms such as fever, headaches, stiffness, nausea,
abdominal pain and diarrhea, listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths
among pregnant women.
The exact distribution of this
product was not indicated in the report issued by the Georgia Department of Agriculture.
If you have any of the
packages listed in the recall, please do not eat them, Commissioner Irvin warned.
Eating food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a
disease that can be fatal to infants, the frail or elderly and persons with chronic
Our inspectors will be
looking for these packages when they are checking grocery stores and warehouses and make
sure they are removed from the shelves, Commissioner Irvin said.
Consumers who have any of this product should return it to the place of purchase for
a refund, said Irvin.
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