FSIS issues alert for recalled, imported chicken product

December 6, 2012

WASHINGTON — USDA’s Food Safety & Inspection Service is alerting the public of a recall being conducted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and Canadian Establishment 720, Aliya’s Foods Limited, for approximately 4,865 pounds of frozen butter chicken and rice products imported from Canada that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

CFIA oversees the recall in Canada and FSIS is overseeing the effectiveness in the U.S. FSIS will verify that those companies who have received product from the Canadian-initiated recall have been notified and have removed product from commerce, and will take appropriate action if prohibited activity is found.

Products imported to the United States include 12.5-ounce boxes of “Trader Joe’s Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice” with product code “2012-10-31″ and lot code “30512.”

While 19 cartons of product are on hold at the distribution center, 240 cartons have been distributed to Trader Joe’s retail stores. Trader Joe’s has contacted these stores directly and instructed them to pull the recalled product off the shelf.

FSIS is concerned that consumers may have received or purchased this product but have not yet been notified about the recall.

More information can be obtained by contacting Trader Joe’s at 626-599-3817.


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