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Chicken Recall Over Listeria

In what appears to be three separate recalls due to Listeria, several firms are recalling chicken products sent to several states.

Gourmet Boutique LLC of Jamaica, N.Y., recalled 6,970 pounds of 12 meat and poultry products, which each bear the production code GBD 08058 on the package. These products, which are mostly chicken but also include meatloaf and turkey, were sent to stores in Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Wisconsin, as well as distribution centers in New York.

In separate announcements this week, three importers recalled 16,332 pounds of Discover Cuisine Red Curry Chicken & Jasmine Rice, with a best buy date of December 18. This was sent to stores nationwide. This product’s recall includes 3,780 pounds from Inovata Foods of Alberta, Canada; 10,368 pounds from Costco Wholesale of Issaquah, Wash., and 2,184 pounds from Meijer Distribution Center of Grand Rapids, Mich.

In addition, Stop & Shop is voluntarily recalling four types of prepared chicken sold at deli counters. The Stop & Shop recall covers all of the following items sold on or after February 26.  It is unclear if this recall is related to the others directly.

  • Butterweck, DVM, MD

    It will not make any diference, Assessment by Dr ButterweckWASHINGTON: How to ensure food safety
    The Washington Post
    U.S. Representative Dianna DeGette (D-Colo.), vice chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Washington, writes that the Feb. 28 editorial “Bad Beef” highlighted the disturbing reality that the U.S. food safety system has failed. As public confidence continues to deteriorate, Americans are shocked to learn the federal government lacks the authority to recall tainted food. Our hope is that food companies will act quickly to protect public health, but the events over the past year illustrate the cracks in the system.
    We need legislation that grants the Agriculture Department and the Food and Drug Administration the authority to recall tainted food products and that implements a product-tracing system; I have championed bills toward both ends for years.
    But we must focus on the root of the problem by ensuring that contaminated food is identified before it ever reaches store shelves. We can achieve this by creating a single food agency — streamlining the federal bureaucracy, working with the private sector to create economic incentives for effective controls and requiring foreign countries to certify that their products meet U.S. standards.
    These initiatives are critical to preventing future incidences of tainted products such as bad beef.