The USDA announced that Foster Farms has once again recalled approximately 40,000 pounds of frozen pre-cooked chicken due to contamination with Listeria Monocytogenes.
The products consisting of frozen Chicken Breast Grilled Strips product was shipped to retail warehouse locations in California, Texas, Utah, and Washington state. The following product is subject to recall:
Consumption of food contaminated with L. 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 outside these risk groups are affected.
Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract. In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn. In addition, serious and sometimes fatal infections in older adults and persons with weakened immune systems. Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. Persons in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell the health care provider about eating the contaminated food.
Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Teresa Lenz, Foster Farm Consumer Affairs Manager, at (800) 338-8051.
The company had issued previous recall in March after a wide spread Salmonella contamination affecting 27 U.S. and infecting over 621 persons. Most of the cases (77 %) originate from California.