Health Alert: Listeria Contamination in Costco Chicken

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced that Costco was recalling approximately 10,368 pounds of frozen chicken that may be infected with listeria.

The product in question is called Discover Cuisine ™ Red Curry Chicken & Jasmine Rice, and a “Best Buy” date of December 18, 2008, and the number “2880” next to the UPC code. The chicken came from Canada, and was sent to establishments in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah and Washington. No illnesses have been reported. The bacteria was detected by the Food Safety and Inspection Service during a routine microbiological sampling.

Listeria causes high fever, severe headaches, neck stiffness and nausea, and can be fatal to those with weakened immune systems or the elderly. Listeria can cause pregnant woman to have miscarriages. Consumers with questions about the recall should contact the Costco Call Center at (800) 774-2678.

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