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Frozen Red Curry Chicken and Rice Recalled in 4 Midwest States

In a nutshell: A Midwest company has to recall over a ton of frozen Thai style chicken entrees because of being potentially contaminated with fatal food poisoning.

Mar. 2, 2008 Meijer Distribution Center, a Grand Rapids, Mich. firm, is voluntarily recalling approximately 2,184 pounds of frozen chicken entres that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

The following product is subject to recall:

12-ounce packages of Discover Cuisine Red Curry Chicken & Jasmine Rice. Each package bears the Canadian establishment number Est. 302 inside the Canadian Food Inspection Agency mark of inspection as well as a Best By date of 12 18 08.

The frozen chicken entres were produced on Oct. 18, 2007, and were sent to distributors and retail establishments in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Ohio.

The problem was discovered through FSIS microbiological sampling. FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this product.

Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However, listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly and persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact the Meijer Call Center at (800) 543-3704.

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