Tainted Trader Joe's Frozen Chicken Dinner Recalled

The frozen dinners are thought to have been sold in Silver Spring, Rockville, Bethesda and Gaithersburg, among other locations along the East Coast.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture is assisting Canada's food inspection agency with the recall of nearly 5,000 pounds of possibly tainted chicken sold in frozen chicken and rice dinners at Trader Joe's groceries.

The affected products, which were imported from Canada, were pulled from shelves. No actual cases of illness have been reported.

The recalled product: 12.5 oz boxes of Trader Joe's Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice with product code 2012-10-31 and lot code 30512.

USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said the dinners may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, bacteria that causes listeriosis, an infection that produces flu-like symptoms. Older adults, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems are most at risk.

Trader Joe's locations in Silver Spring, Rockville, Bethesda, Gaithersburg, Annapolis, Elkridge, Pikesville and Towson, along with the District location on 25th Street NW, are believed to have received the contaminated dinners.

Stores in states along the East Coast, including Virginia, Delaware, Connecticut, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, also may have received shipments. (See the full list of stores on the USDA website.) 

WebMD.com reports that no illnesses have been reported to the grocery chain. 

For questions, contact Trader Joe's at (626) 599-3817.


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