40,000 Pounds of Possibly Contaminated Foster Farms Chicken Recalled; Product Sent to California

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A bag of Foster Farms chicken breast strips are seen in this file photo. (Credit: David Guo Master/Creative Commons via Flickr)

Foster Farms has recalled nearly 40,000 pounds of frozen, pre-cooked chicken products amid fears that it may be contaminated with the harmful Listeria bacteria, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Thursday.

The product subject to the recall was the 3.5-pound plastic resealable bags containing frozen “Chicken Breast Grilled Strips,” according to USDA’s website.

It was produced by the Louisiana-based company on Aug. 5, 2014 and shipped to California, Texas, Washington and Utah.

Packaging of the recalled product had the number “P-33901,” as well as a “best by date” of 08-05-15, on it, USDA stated.

Health officials said the discovery of the possible contamination was made during a routine inspection. Some of the product was set aside, but the affected chicken was “inadvertently shipped,” according to the website.

So far, no reports of illnesses have been linked to the recalled product.

USDA warned that consuming food with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an infection that mainly affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and newborns.

Symptoms of the infection include “fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms,” the website stated.

Consumers with questions about the recall were advised to call Foster Farms Consumer Affairs Manager Teresa Lenz at 800-338-8051.

Click here to read the entire statement on USDA’s website.