August 11, 2001Chicken Chow Mein Entree
CA (SafetyAlerts) - RPF Inc., also
doing business as Royal Palate Foods, is voluntarily recalling approximately 650 pounds of
frozen, kosher chicken chow mein entrees that may be contaminated with Listeria
monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agricultures Food Safety and Inspection
Service announced today.
The products subject to this Class I recall
are individually wrapped trays of "Chicken Chow Mein Entree." Each 48-count case
of entrees is marked with a lot number of "F-H2048" and bears establishment
number "P-18465" inside the USDA seal of inspection.
The entrees were produced on August 1 and
distributed to correctional facilities in California, Florida, Illinois, Mississippi, and
The problem was discovered through routine 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, 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
Consumers with questions about the recall may
contact Bill Pinkerson, president, RPF Inc., at (310) 330-7701.
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.