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Trader Joe’s Recall of Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice Due to Listeria Concern

Trader Joe's Butter Chicken

The U.S. Agriculture Department's Food Safety and Inspection Service has alerted the public of Trader Joe's Butter Chicken and Basmati Rice recall.

The recall is for 12.5-ounce boxes of Trader Joe's Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice with product code 2012-10-31 and lot code 30512.

Nearly 5,000 pounds of Aliya's Foods Limited, from Canada, the producer behind “Trader Joe’s Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice,” has been recalled because they may be contaminated with Listeria.

The potential Listeria contamination was detected a production line during routine testing. "Customers who have purchased this item are urged to not eat it, and to dispose of it or return it to any Trader Joe's for a full refund," said a statement from Trader Joe's.

The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) worries that some of the Butter Chicken product may have already been purchased and anyone who thinks they may have a recalled product should check the label; it's stamped with the product code “2012-10-31″ and lot code “30512.”

Consuming a product that has been contaminated with Listeria can cause common symptoms that include fever, headache, neck stiffness, and muscle aches with gastrointestinal problems. Consuming the product with Listeria will cause an infection called listeriosis. The infection usually occurs in old people or people with a weak immune system. Pregnant women and newborns are also at risk of getting this infection. Listeriosis can even cause miscarriages and stillbirths.

About 240 cartons of the butter chicken, which was imported from Canada, have already been distributed to Trader Joe's stores in New York, Massachusetts, Virginia, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Carolina, Connecticut, Florida, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maine and Rhode Island.

Consumers with any questions should contact Trader Joe's at 1-626-599-3817.

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