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Costco Issues Chicken Recall
Costco Wholesale, an Issaquah, Washington firm, issued a voluntary recall of approximately 10,368 pounds of frozen chicken entrées that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The recall was announced by the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on Monday.
The USDA has classified the recall as a Class 1 Recall or Health Risk: High. This is classified as a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
The following product is subject to recall:
Four-pack of 12-ounce packages of "Discover Cuisine Red Curry Chicken & Jasmine Rice." Each package bears the Canadian establishment number "Est. 302" inside the Canadian Food Inspection Agency mark of inspection as well as a "Best By" date of "12/18/08." The item number "2880" also appears by the UPC code on the package.
The entrées were produced on October 18, 2007. Retail establishments in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah and Washington all received the chicken.
FSIS discovered the problem through microbiological sampling, but has yet to have received any reports of illness associated with consumption of this product.
Listeria monocytogenes, if ingested, can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Listeriosis can cause high fever severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Although healthy people rarely contract listeriosis, it is important for pregnant women to avoid contraction, as it can cause miscarriages and stillbirths. Serious and sometimes fatal infections can be caused by listeriosis in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and any persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy.
Consumers with questions about the recall should contact the Costco Call Center at (800) 774-2678. Those with food safety questions can "ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at the link below. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 AM to 4 PM (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.