The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced a recall of chicken salad sandwiches on Jan. 21. The Knott’s Fine Foods Inc. voluntarily recalled the three-ounce packages of prepared chicken sandwiches due to possible contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.
The affected food was discovered by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture via routine testing; the cause of the bacteria is still ongoing in the investigation with the FDA.
Knott’s Fine Foods distributed the affected chicken salad sandwiches – expiration date of Jan. 29, 2013 or earlier – to 35 retail stores in West Tenn., Western Ky. and North Miss.
The Paris, Tenn.-based food company has ceased production of the product at this time.
No illness or complaints have been reported as a result of this recall to date.
According to the FDA, “Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.”
Consumers who may have purchased the affected product are urged to return them back to the place of purchase for a full refund. Anyone with further concerns or questions may contact the company at 1-731-642-1961, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. CST.
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