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Trader Joe’s Recalls Butter Chicken With Busmati Rice Over Listeria Risk

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Trader Joe’s announced a recall on butter chicken with basmati rice over Listeria Monocytogenes risk concerns. Earlier this year, the grocery store chain also had a Listeria-related recall on its chicken salad and onion products. The company also was impacted by the recent Sunland peanut butter Salmonella outbreak scare, according to the Huffington Post.

Trader Joe’s butter chicken with basmati rice producer, Aliya Foods, is recalling 4,865 pounds of the frozen entrée because it could contain Listeria. Approximately 240 cartons of the chicken product were imported from Canada. The butter chicken with basmati rice frozen dinners were reportedly already distributed at Trade Joe’s grocery stores in Virginia, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Florida, Maine, Rhode Island, Delaware, South Carolina, and the District of Columbia.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is concerned that shoppers have already purchased the frozen dinners from the Trader Joe’s chain of supermarkets. The agency cautions anyone who believes they may have purchased the butter chicken with basmati rice that could be contaminated with Listeria to check the label carefully.

The frozen dinners subject to the recall will be stamped with the product code 2012-10-31 and lot code 30512, according to Trader Joe’s website. The SKU number on the frozen entrée packages is reportedly 99032. A statement on the website reads:

“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.”

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