Recall: Foster Farms Recalls Grilled Chicken Strips over Possible Listeria

September 29th, 2014 · 3 Comments

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.

Foster Farms Frozen Cooked Grilled Chicken Breast Strips

Foster Farms Frozen Cooked Grilled Chicken Breast Strips

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 or contact the company’s Consumer Affairs hotline at 1-800-338-8051 or

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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  1. 1 Tonya P // 2014.10.04 at 4:09 am

    Foster Farms was providing the Costco rotisserie chickens last year as they were also in a recall. There is probably a previous article on it at this site as I remember reading about it at the time. There is also information about it in the third paragraph here:
    Sorry if I am not posting the link correctly. I noticed on the Buycott app that there is a group boycotting Costco for all products because of Foster Farms issue from last year. Foster Farms is listed on that application as a factory farm and to be avoided.

    • 2 Kimberly // 2014.10.04 at 5:20 am

      There’s a link to my previous post about the recalled rotisserie chickens in the last paragraph of this post. And in that post, there’s a link to the first time I wrote about the recall of rotisserie chickens from Foster Farms. They were part of a huge salmonella outbreak last year that just *seems* to have been resolved this June or July.

  2. 3 Talk Radio // 2014.09.30 at 5:50 pm

    I’m wondering if I should throw out the Chicken Bakes I have in the freezer. They’re made by Foster Farms. I haven’t gotten sick yet, though. I hope that the chickens that Costco uses for their roasters aren’t supplied by Foster Farms.

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