Foster Farms is recalling nearly 40,000 pounds of cooked, frozen chicken from its plant in Louisiana because of possible Listeria contamination, federal authorities said Thursday. No illnesses have been reported.
The Livingston-based company inadvertently shipped some of the Chicken Breast Grilled Strips that were supposed to be held back after an inspection at the Farmerville plant, the Food Safety and Inspection Service said.
The chicken was produced Aug. 5 in 3.25-pound resealable bags and went to Stater Bros. stores in California and Costco stores in California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Colorado, Texas, Louisiana and Hawaii, Foster Farms said.
The packages bear the code P-33901 and a “best by” date of Aug. 5, 2015. Consumers are advised to return the products to stores for refunds.
“Food safety is, and has always been, our top priority, and we are vigilant in employing the most up-to-date safety measures to produce wholesome, healthy and delicious food products,” Foster Farms said in a written statement.
Possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes was found during a routine inspection by the company, the FSIS said. It can cause listeriosis, which primarily affects older adults, people with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. The symptoms include fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions, sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. Some cases can be fatal.
The recall came nearly two months after the FSIS declared an apparent end to a salmonella outbreak tied to raw chicken from Foster Farms’ huge plant in Livingston and two smaller plants in Fresno. A total of 634 people reported getting sick, but none died. Federal authorities said that “measures undertaken by the firm to prevent salmonella contamination of raw chicken have been successful.”
Foster Farms bought the Louisiana plant in 2009. It is part of a 12,000-employee poultry company with processing plants in Turlock, Porterville, Oregon, Washington and Alabama.