Recall: Nearly 5K Pounds of Trader Joe's Chicken and Rice Are Not So Nice
If you've got a box of Trader Joe's Butter Chicken With Basmati Rice chilling in your freezer at home or work, you may want to chuck it, thanks to a new recall.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced the recall of approximately 4,865 pounds of the frozen butter chicken and rice product because it could be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The frozen entree is made in Canada by Aliya's Food Limited and packaged for SoCal-based Trader Joe's.
The official recall affects U.S. consumers via one item: 12.5 oz boxes of "Trader Joe's Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice" with product code "2012-10-31" and lot code "30512"
The distribution center confirms 240 cartons have already been distributed to some stores. According to the L.A. Times those stores are in Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Virginia. It is, however, always possible the recall could be expanded to affect other product lots and Trader Joe's locations.
The FDA explains the danger: "Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. Less commonly, persons without these risk factors can be affected."