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Listeria Forces Recalls of Ready-to-Eat Chicken, Meat
Chicken Nuggets and Other Recalled Products Were Sold by Dollar General, Starbucks, Race Trac, and Other Stores
By Daniel J. DeNoon
Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD
July 27, 2011 -- Pilgrim's pride has recalled 18,312 pounds of chicken nuggets and chicken fillets sold at Dollar General stores in nine states.
Contamination with potentially deadly listeria bacteria was detected in the fully cooked products.
In a separate recall, also due to listeria contamination, Flying Foods has recalled some 7,000 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken, turkey, beef, and pork products 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.
To date, no illnesses have been reported from consumers of the recalled products. Listeria bacteria can cause serious and often fatal illness, especially in pregnant women, people with immune suppression, and older adults.
Pilgrim's Pride Chicken Recall
On July 20, Pilgrim's Pride recalled 11,240 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken products:
On July 26, Pilgrim's Pride added 7,072 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken to the recall:
Flying Foods Recall of Chicken, Turkey, Beef, and Pork Products
In a separate recall, also due to contamination with listeria bacteria, Flying Foods LLC has issued two recalls.
On July 19, the company recalled some 204 pounds of ready-to eat chicken wraps and plates:
These products 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.
On July 26, Flying Foods expanded the recall to include 6,901 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken, turkey, beef, and pork products. The packages bear the establishment number "P-34373" or EST. 34373 inside the USDA mark of inspection.
These products were distributed in Alabama and Georgia:
These products were distributed in Alabama, Florida, and Georgia:
Listeria Food Poisoning
The bacterium Listeria monocytogenes is found in soil and water. It tends to contaminate foods from animals, such as meats and unpasteurized dairy products.
The bacteria can live on surfaces for years. They're killed by thorough cooking. However, contamination of food processing plants can spread the bacteria to cooked foods. Moreover, listeria can grow and multiply in the refrigerator.
Most people with intact immune systems do not suffer severe listeria infection. However, disease caused by listeria -- listeriosis -- can be very severe. Each year, the CDC estimates there are 1,600 cases in the U.S., with 260 deaths.
Listeriosis usually begins with diarrhea or other gut symptoms and progresses to fever and muscle aches. Symptoms vary from person to person, but may include headache, stiff neck, loss of balance, and convulsions.
SOURCES: News releases, U.S. Food Safety Inspection Service.News release, Starbucks.News releases, Pilgrim's Pride. ©2011 WebMD, LLC. All Rights Reserved.