Foster Farms has decided to undertake a voluntary recall of Frozen Cooked Grilled Chicken Breast Strips produced at their Farmerville, Louisiana cooked chicken facility that was sold at Costco locations across several states, as well as Stater Brothers stores. The recall is down to possible Listeria contamination found during routine testing by Foster Farms. There have been no reports of illness associated with the chicken strips at this point, so this is just a precautionary recall.
The affected product is the Frozen Cooked Grilled Chicken Breast Strips sold in a 3.25 pound resealable bag with the following identifying information on the bag:
- plant code P-33901
- “best by” date of 8-05-15
Only bags marked with that information are part of this recall. The recall involves 1,223 cases or about 39,747 pounds of chicken strips sold at Costco locations in Oregon, Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Colorado, Texas, Louisiana, California and Hawaii, as well as Stater Brothers in California.
Listeria can be bad news for anyone that has a compromised immune system, including the very young, the very old, or those that are pregnant, causing serious and sometimes fatal infections. Pregnant women should be especially cautious as listeria infections can be passed on to the fetus even when the mother shows no symptoms. In utero infections have been known to cause premature delivery and can result in serious health complications for a newborn, miscarriage, or stillbirth, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A healthy person will usually experience short-term symptoms that include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.
If you have purchased the recalled chicken strips, return them to Costco for a full refund and DO NOT eat them! For additional information, consumers can visit www.fosterfarms.com/FAQ/faqSept25recall.asp or contact the company’s Consumer Affairs hotline at 1-800-338-8051 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Even though this is the first time that Foster Farms has had a possible listeria contamination issue in their 75 year history, this is not the first time that they’ve had a chicken recall affecting Costco shoppers. Foster Farms was responsible for the recall of rotisserie chickens from the San Francisco Costco location for possible Salmonella contamination last year. That recall was actually part of a really large Salmonella outbreak that had begun in March 2013 and was ongoing through mid-2014, though Foster Farms believes they have eradicated the Salmonella at this point.
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