Chicken Recall Prompted By Fear of Bacteria Infection

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s
Consumer Protection Division:

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s
Consumer Protection Division Wednesday advised consumers that Inovata Foods, an Edmonton, Alberta firm, is voluntarily recalling approximately 3,780 pounds of frozen chicken entrées that may be contaminated with the bacterium Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeriosis, a serious infection caused by eating food contaminated
with the bacteria, primarily affects persons of advanced age, pregnant
women, newborns and adults with weakened immune systems.

The recalled product involves 12-ounce packages of “Discover Cuisine ™
Red Curry Chicken & Jasmine Rice.” Each package bears the
establishment number “Est. 302” inside the Canadian Food Inspection
Agency mark of inspection as well as a “Best By” date of “12 18
08.”

The frozen chicken entrées were distributed to Whole Foods stores in
Colorado. No illnesses have been reported to date.

Daniel Rifkin, Wholesale Food Program manager for the Colorado
Department of Public Health and Environment’s Consumer Protection
Division, said, “Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However,
listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and
nausea for those who are affected. Listeriosis also can cause
miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal
infections in those with weakened immune systems.”

The problem was discovered through the U.S. Department of
Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service sampling process.

For more information, the public may call Dan Rifkin at 303-692-3644.


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