Last month, the Los Angeles Times reported that Trader Joe's is the subject of yet another mass recall for contaminated consumer products. The grocery store chain recently announced a recall of its Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice due to the existence of listeria bacteria.
Listeria can cause a serious infection called Listeriosis that is most typically linked to eating contaminated food. Listeriosis can impact newborns, people with weakened immune systems, the elderly, and pregnant women. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that it is also possible for anyone to get Listeriosis, but that chances of getting the infection can be reduced by following safe practices for food preparation, consumption and storage.
Listeriosis is particularly concerning for pregnant women. Although mild flu-like symptoms are most commonly found in pregnant women, Listeriosis can also harm a fetus and cause premature delivery, miscarriage or stillbirth.
The tainted Trader Joe's chicken and rice products have the product code 2012-10-31 and the lot code 30512. Consumers are advised to either throw the products out or to return them to the nearest Trader Joe's for a full refund.
Listeria is the third most deadly food-borne pathogens in the United States. About 18 percent of people with Listeriosis die, accounting for 260 annual deaths.
Source: Los Angeles Times, "Nearly 5,000 pounds of Trader Joe's chicken and rice recalled," Tiffany Hsu, Dec. 3, 2012