February 26, 2002
Alabama Firm Has Recalled Fajita Chicken Strips
Montgomery, AL (SafetyAlerts)
- United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection
Service, (FSIS) said that S & C Beef Processors, LLC has recalled
approximately 30,700 pounds of cooked fajita chicken strips that may be
contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The products subject to recall are:
10-pound cases of "PIERCE Fajita Seasoned Boneless, Skinless Chicken Strips
with Grill Marks Added" marked with a package code beginning with "4A01298"
or "4B01298," followed by two digits, and ending with "P19055." Each case
contains two 5-pound bags marked with a code of "298P19055."
10-pound cases of "PIERCE Fajita Seasoned Chicken Thigh Strips with Grill
Marks Added" marked with a package code beginning with "4B01298," followed
by two digits, and ending with "P19055." Each case contains two 5-pound bags
marked with a code of "298P19055."
Each case label also bears "P-19055" inside the USDA seal of inspection.
The fajita chicken strips were produced on Oct. 25, 2001, and distributed by
ConAgra Poultry Foodservice to food service establishments nationwide.
"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want consumers to be
aware of the recall," said Ronald Hicks, acting FSIS administrator. "Diners
may wish to ask if meals prepared with fajita chicken strips contain the
The company discovered the problem and reported it to FSIS.
Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause
listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people
rarely contract listeriosis. Listeriosis can cause high fever, sever
headache, neck stiffness, and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause
miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal
infections in those with weak immune systems – infants, the frail or
elderly, and persons with chronic disease, with HIV infection, or taking
FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of
this product. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.
Media with questions about the recall may contact Jim Herlihy, S & C Beef
Processors consumer affairs, at (970) 506-8052. Consumers with questions
about the recall may contact Elaine Bourne, ConAgra Poultry consumer
affairs, at (800) 414-7500.