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Chicken recalled for possible Listeria contamination

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Fully-cooked chicken has been recalled in seven states after it was discovered they were possibly contaminated with Listeria.

The U.S Department of Agriculture issued the alert and West End Cuisine Grilled Mediterranean-style products and Expresco Grilled Garlic and Herb skewers have been pulled from the shelves at Costco and other retail chains.

If you have purchased the product between August 9-15, you are urged to throw it away. Do not consume it. 

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The product has been recalled in the following states:

  • Arizona
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Maryland
  • Michigan
  • Texas.

The UPC Code for the product is: 621588314947 with lot codes: 172562, 172640, 172571 and 172704.

Here is an excerpt from the U.S Department of Agriculture's website:

The problem was discovered by the FSIS import inspector during routine inspection of foreign shipments. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

Consumption of food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. Less commonly, persons outside these risk groups are affected.

Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract. In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn. In addition, serious and sometimes fatal infections in older adults and persons with weakened immune systems. Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. Persons in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell the health care provider about eating the contaminated food.

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