The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that it has issued a public health alert due to concerns that salads with chicken meat products produced by Ghiringhelli Specialty Foods, an establishment in Vallejo, California may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.
The USDA said that a recall was not requested because it's believed that the products are no longer available for commerce and are past the "Use By" dates.
According to the USDA the following product is subject to the public health alert:
- 9.3-oz. plastic container with “TRADER JOE’S Broccoli Slaw & Kale Salad with White Chicken Meat” with use by dates of: 10/10/2017, 10/11/2017, 10/12/2017 and 10/13/2017 and lot codes of: 70327610, 70427710, 70527810 and 70627910, respectively.
The USDA said the ready-to-eat (RTE) broccoli slaw and kale salads with chicken meat items were produced from Oct. 3, 2017 through Oct. 6, 2017 and bear establishment number “EST. P-17156” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
According to the USDA, the problem was discovered on October 20 when Ghiringhelli Specialty Foods received word from their supplier that the broccoli products used in the chicken salads were included in a U.S. Food & Drug Administration recall due to potential L. monocytogenes contamination.
The USDA said there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to eating these products. Anyone concerned about illness or injury is advised to contact a healthcare provider.
People who eat food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may experience listeriois, a disease that has the following symptoms:
- stiff neck
- muscle aches
- loss of balance
- other gastrointestinal symptoms
Listeriosis is dangerous to people with weakened immune systems and may also cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.
The USDA said the disease is treated with antibiotics and suggested that people in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell the healthcare professionals about eating the contaminated food.
The USDA urged people to not consume the contaminated food; they should discard the contaminated products or return them to the place of purchase.
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