Ready-to-Eat Chicken Recalled from Trader Joe’s, Aldi, and More Over Listeria Concerns

updated Oct 10, 2019
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Check your fridge and freezer if you recently purchased ready-to-eat chicken from major distributors like Trader Joe’s, Aldi, Kroger, and more. Potentially contaminated chicken products, which originated from Tip Top Poultry, Inc., were recently recalled due to listeria concerns.

The poultry company, based in Rockmart, Georgia, issued a nationwide recall in late September for frozen, cooked, diced, and shredded chicken products, all of which were sold under various brand names at stores like Trader Joe’s, Aldi, and Target. The recall was updated last Tuesday, as they discovered that other products (including deli chicken salad) could possibly be contaminated as well. 

In addition to Trader Joe’s, Aldi, and Kroger, other major supermarkets and retailers may have been affected as well, including Giant Supermarket, Kroger, Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Bi-Lo, Piggly Wiggly, Kings Supermarket, and Jersey Mike’s (among others).

How do you know if you need to toss your chicken? Among the products recalled are Duke Chicken Salad, Clean Eatz Baja Pineapple Chicken, SpringGlen Fresh Foods Chunky White Meat Chicken Salad, Nutrisystem Three Cheese Chicken, Private Selection Butter Chicken Spring Rolls, and Trader Joe’s Chicken Pot Pie. But for a complete list of products and retailers, you should visit the USDA recall page. The recalled items were produced from January 21 through September 24, which means if you purchased chicken during this time, you should not eat it. 

The U.S. Department of Agriculture classified the recall as Class 1 in an alert on Tuesday, which means it is “a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.” The alert noted that Tip Top Poultry decided to issue the recall after “multiple samples of product produced by Tip Top Poultry, Inc. confirmed positive for the presence of listeria monocytogenes after being tested in Canada.” 

Thankfully, there have not been any reported cases of sickness thus far.