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RECALL: 5K Pounds Trader Joe's Frozen 'Butter Chicken With Basmati Rice,' Possible Contamination

The product sold in stores is considered ready-to-eat and subject to pathogen testing since the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service has zero-tolerance for pathogens.

Information provided by The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service is recalling 240 cartons of Trader' Joe's Frozen Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice.

The product being recalled is considered ready-to-eat and subject to pathogen testing since FSIS has zero-tolerance for pathogens in RTE foods at time of production, even if that food requires heating for proper serving.

The recall includes 12.5 oz boxes of "Trader Joe's Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice" with product code "2012-10-31" and lot code "30512."

While 19 cartons of product are on hold at the distribution center, 240 cartons have been distributed to Trader Joe's retail stores. Trader Joe's has contacted these stores directly and instructed them to pull the recalled product off the shelf.

The FSIS is alerting the public of a recall being conducted by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Canadian Establishment 720, Aliya's Foods Limited, for approximately 4,865 pounds of frozen butter chicken and rice products imported from Canada that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Recommendations for people at risk for Listeriosis

  • Wash hands with warm, soapy water before and after handling raw meat and poultry for at least 20 seconds. Wash cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot, soapy water. Immediately clean spills.
  • Keep raw meat, fish and poultry away from other food that will not be cooked. Use separate cutting boards for raw meat, poultry and egg products and cooked foods.
  • Do not eat hot dogs, luncheon meats, bologna or other deli meats unless reheated until steaming hot.
  •  Do not eat refrigerated paté, meat spreads from a meat counter or smoked seafood found in the refrigerated section of the store. Foods that don't need refrigeration, like canned tuna and canned salmon, are safe to eat. Refrigerate after opening.
  •  Do not drink raw (unpasteurized) milk and do not eat foods that have unpasteurized milk in them.
  •  Do not eat salads made in the store such as ham salad, chicken salad, egg salad, tuna salad or seafood salad.
  •  Do not eat soft cheeses such as Feta, quesco blanco, quesco fresco, Brie, Camembert cheeses, blue-veined cheeses and Panela unless it is labeled as made with pasteurized milk.
  • Use precooked or ready-to-eat food as soon as you can.Listeria can grow in the refrigerator. The refrigerator should be 40° F or lower and the freezer 0° F or lower. Use an appliance thermometer to check the temperature of your refrigerator.

CFIA oversees the recall in Canada and FSIS is overseeing the effectiveness in the United States. FSIS will verify that those companies who have received product from the Canadian-initiated recall have been notified and have removed product from commerce, and will take appropriate action if prohibited activity is found.

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