The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert due to concerns that ready to eat chicken strips products produced by House of Raeford Farms may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. A recall was not requested because it is believed that all products have now been consumed.
The ready to eat, fully cooked, chicken breast strips items were produced at House of Raeford’s facility in Mocksville, North Carolina, and packaged on September 29, 2016. They were believed to have been served to consumers in December, 2016.
These items were shipped to a distributor in Cleveland, Ohio, and then shipped to various restaurants in the area as part of fajita or gyro dishes.
The problem was discovered during routine testing by the establishment. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider.
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 can occur 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.
FSIS advises all consumers to reheat ready-to-eat product until steaming hot.
Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.