Listeria Prompts Recall of Chicken and Pork Products

A recall of about 64,000 pounds of chicken and pork products has been implemented by Taylor Farms Pacific, of Tracy California, over concerns that broccoli in the products could be contaminated with the <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/listeria">Listeria monocytogenes pathogen, said the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

The recall is a Class I, which means that this situation presents a health hazard situation in which there exists a reasonable probability that use of the recalled product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.

The potential Listeria contamination was discovered in a routine sampling of the Taylor Farms Pacific products at retail by the Washington Department of Agriculture. This led to the February 24th recall of products containing broccoli previously announced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

On Monday we wrote that Taylor Farms Pacific announced a voluntary recall of an array of products containing broccoli in cooked and fresh products with expiration dates from February 7, 2011, to March 7, 2011 that were distributed in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington and which were sold at Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, and Pak N’ Save stores. That announcement listed a number of products under the TFarms, Raleys, and Signature Café brands.

The products involved in this recent action were produced between February 6, 2011 and February 23, 2011 with sell by dates between February 7, 2011 and March 7, 2011 and include the following products, which may have been included in the prior release:

• “Raley’s Yellow Curry Chicken Rice Bowl” 17 oz.
• “Raley’s Udon Pork Noodle Bowl”, 17 oz.
• “Raley’s Udon Chicken Noodle Bowl”, 17 oz.
• “Raley’s Asian Pasta Toss Tray”, 12 oz.
• “Raley’s Family Grilled Chicken Penne Alfredo”, 36 oz.
• “Raley’s Grilled Chicken Breast with Mashed Potato and Gravy” 14 oz.
• “Taylor Farms Snack Pot Penne Alfredo”, 10.75 oz.
• “Taylor Farms Broccoli Crunch Salad Kit” bearing “case code” 10203140: 6.25 lb cases
• “Taylor Farms Broccoli Crunch Kit” bearing “case code” 10210070: 6.25 lb cases
• “SYSCO Broccoli Crunch Kit” bearing “case code” 10203125: 6.25 lb cases

Each box bears the establishment number “P-34013” or “EST. 34013” inside the USDA mark of inspection and the products were shipped to retail distribution centers in Arizona, California, Colorado, and Wyoming.

The broccoli salad mixes may contain broccoli, red onion, bacon bits, raisins, sunflower seeds, and dressing and were only available for sale through deli counters. The recalled products are no longer available for sale; however, the concern is that consumers might have these products in their homes.

To date, the FSIS has not received any consumer complaints or reports of illness; however, it could take some time for symptoms to become apparent.

The FSIS stated that it conducts recall effectiveness checks routinely to verify that recalling firms notify customers of recalls and that steps are taken to ensure recalled products are no longer available to consumers. When available, retail distribution list(s) are posted on the FSIS Web site at: www.fsis.usda.gov/FSIS_Recalls/Open_Federal_Cases/index.asp.

The firm can be reached by contacting Cary Price, Manager of Customer Service at 1.209.835.6300.

For susceptible populations and the elderly, food poisoning infection with the
Listeria pathogen can cause significant illness linked to issues with the central nervous system as well as the developing fetus and placenta. As we have long reported, consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause Listeriosis, a potentially fatal foodborne Illness. While healthy people rarely contract Listeriosis, the symptoms of Listeria poisoning are high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness, nausea, Abdominal Cramps and pain, and diarrhea.

Listeria monocytogenes reportedly infects about 2,500 people in the U.S., killing 500, and is known to result in serious, sometimes fatal, infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly, persons with HIV infection, and those undergoing chemotherapy.

In pregnant women, Listeriosis can result in miscarriage, stillbirth, or birth of a baby suffering from the infection. Pregnant women are about 20 times likelier than others to be infected; Listeriosis can kill fetuses, prompt premature births, and can lead to hearing loss or brain damage in newborns, and can prompt neurological effects and cardio respiratory failure in adults, as was revealed in a recent study.

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