August 15, 2001California Firm Recalls Fajitas
CA (SafetyAlerts) - Global Food
Management Group is voluntarily recalling approximately 950 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken
fajitas that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The product subject to this Class I recall is
"RELS FOOD CHICKEN & CHEESE FAJITA" in 10-ounce packages. The packages
contain labels that bear "P-19913" inside the USDA seal of inspection.
The chicken fajitas were produced on Aug. 7, and distributed to retail establishments in
"Because of the potential for foodborne illness, we want consumers to be aware of the
recall," said Thomas Billy, FSIS administrator. "If they find the recalled
products, consumers should not eat them, but return them to the point of purchase."
The problem was discovered through routine FSIS microbiological sampling.
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, with HIV infection, or taking chemotherapy.
FSIS has received no reports of illness associated with consumption of this product.
Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a physician.
Media and consumers with questions about the recall may contact Fred Hunter, company
president, at (909) 777-3130.
Consumers with food safety questions can phone the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline
at 1-800-535-4555. The hotline can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday
through Friday, and recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.