According to a report in the LA Times, Trader Joe’s is dealing with a recall affecting nearly 5,000 pounds of its store brand Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice, which may be contaminated with listeria bacteria.
According to the LA Times:
The producer of the product, Canadian company Aliya’s Foods Limited, issued a voluntary recall of 4,865 pounds of the frozen food, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Though 19 cartons of the 12.5-ounce boxes were placed on hold at the distribution center, 240 cartons were shipped from Canada to various Trader Joe’s stores in the U.S., according to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.
Authorities are concerned that shoppers may have already bought some of the chicken and rice packets from the grocery chain. The containers feature the product code 2012-10-31 and the lot code 30512.
Signs of listeria were detected during routine testing, according to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency this weekend. The bacteria can cause fever, headaches, neck stiffness and muscle aches. It has also been known to lead to miscarriages, stillbirths and fatal infections.
The production date stamped on the box is “305 12.” This is Julian date coding, which translates to product produced on “10-31-2012.”
Trader Joe’s released a statement through their web site:
In accordance with our stringent health and safety standards, and out of the utmost caution and care for our customers, all code dates of this product have been removed from sale and destroyed. To date, we have received no reports of illness related to this product.
Customers who have purchased this item are urged to not eat it, and to dispose of it or return it to any Trader Joe’s for a full refund.
Customers with questions may contact Trader Joe’s Customer Relations at (626) 599-3817 [Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 5:00 pm Pacific Time].