Connoisseur’s Kitchen, a Surrey, British Columbia establishment, is recalling 880 pounds of frozen ready-to-eat (RTE) chicken entree products because of possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
The problem was discovered when the Canadian Food Inspection Agency notified FSIS that the products are associated with a sample that tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes.
These items were shipped to retail locations in Alaska and Washington. The FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them.
The frozen RTE chicken entree items were produced on Aug. 3 and imported to the U.S. on Aug. 8.
The following products are subject to recall:
- 2-lb. box packages containing “SPICE MANTRA CHICKEN KORMA” with lot code 220803-406US.
- 2-lb. box packages containing “SPICE MANTRA BUTTER CHICKEN” with lot code 220803-400US.
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “780” inside the Canadian mark of inspection.
As of the posting of this recall, there have been no confirmed reports of illness or adverse reactions due to the consumption of these products.
Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.
These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
About Listeria infections
Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes may not look or smell spoiled but can still cause serious and sometimes life-threatening infections. Anyone who has eaten any recalled products and developed symptoms of Listeria infection should seek medical treatment and tell their doctors about the possible Listeria exposure.
Also, anyone who has eaten any of the recalled products should monitor themselves for symptoms during the coming weeks because it can take up to 70 days after exposure to Listeria for symptoms of listeriosis to develop.
Symptoms of Listeria infection can include vomiting, nausea, persistent fever, muscle aches, severe headache, and neck stiffness. Specific laboratory tests are required to diagnose Listeria infections, which can mimic other illnesses.
Pregnant women, the elderly, young children, and people such as cancer patients who have weakened immune systems are particularly at risk of serious illnesses, life-threatening infections, and other complications. Although infected pregnant women may experience only mild, flu-like symptoms, their infections can lead to premature delivery, infection of the newborn, or even stillbirth.