Two independent recalls have been issued for fully cooked chicken and other meat products that are feared to contain potentially deadly Listeria bacteria.
Pilgrim’s Pride has recalled 18,312 pounds of chicken nuggets and chicken fillets sold at Dollar General stores in nine states. The recalled items include:
- 16-pound boxes containing eight 2-pound bags of “Pilgrim’s Pride Fully Cooked Chicken Breast Breaded Nugget Shaped Patties with Rib Meat,” date code of 11531010 best-by date of “JUN 02 2012,” establishment number “P-7091A” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These bags were shipped to Dollar General stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
- 10-pound boxes containing two 5-pound bags of “Sweet Georgia Brand Fully Cooked Breaded White Chicken Nuggets Shaped Patties,” date code 11471010, establishment number P-7091A inside the USDA mark of inspection. This product was shipped to distribution centers in Texas and New Jersey for further distribution to other food service vendors.
- 30-pound boxes containing six 5-pound bags of “Pilgrim’s Pride Fully Cooked Grilled Chicken Breast Fillet with Rib Meat,” date code 11801050, Use By Date of December 26, 2011, establishment number P-20728 inside the USDA mark of inspection. This product was shipped to distribution centers in Ohio for further distribution.
In a separate recall, also due to Listeria concerns, Flying Foods has recalled some 7,000 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken, turkey, beef, and pork products. These items were sold in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. Some of the products were sold in Starbucks stores, which on Monday removed all Flying Foods products from their shelves.
The recalled items include:
- 8.4-ounce packages of “STARBUCKS CHIPOTLE CHICKEN WRAPS Bistro Box”
- 6.3-ounce packages of “STARBUCKS CHICKEN & HUMMUS Bistro Box”
Both items have an “Enjoy by 071511” date on the bottom left corner of the package and bear the establishment number P34373 inside the USDA inspection mark. They were distributed only in Georgia and Alabama.
So far, there have been no reports of illness from consumption of the recalled products. Listeria bacteria can cause serious and often fatal illness, especially in pregnant women, people with immune suppression, and older adults.
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