Illinois Firm Has Recalled Chicken
Park Forest, IL (SafetyAlerts)
- U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said
that Blue Ridge Farms, Inc.
has recalled approximately 400 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken salad that may
be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The products subject to recall are 5-lb. tubs of "Blue Ridge Farms Made
Fresh Daily Cajun Chicken Salad," packed in individual cartons. Each tub and
carton label has a bar code of "38419096130" and is marked "USE BY
05/28/03." Each carton and tub also bears the establishment code "P-21279"
inside the USDA seal of inspection.
The chicken salad was produced on April 29 and distributed to retail stores
in Alabama, Colorado, Illinois, Minnesota and Texas.
"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want consumers to be
aware of the recall," said Dr. Garry L. McKee, FSIS administrator.
"Consumers should check their refrigerators for the recalled product and
return it to the point of purchase."
The problem was discovered through routine FSIS microbiological testing.
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, severe
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, HIV infection or in chemotherapy.
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 Richard Siegel, chief
operating officer, at 708-748-4405. Consumers with questions about the
recall may contact David Monk, vice president of sales, at 708-748-4405.