PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Several thousand pounds of chicken and rice products imported from Canada are being recalled because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
The USDA announced Friday evening that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency is recalling 4,865 pounds of Aliya's Foods Limited frozen butter chicken and rice, which in the United States is solder under the name of "Trader Joe's Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice".
The food items being recalled have the product code "2012-10-31" and lot code "30512". In all, 240 cartons of product were distributed to Trader Joe's retail stores, according to the USDA.
According to the USDA, consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an infection that primarily affects older adults, people with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. Listeriosis can cause fever, headache, neck stiffness, muscle aches, often preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms.
Listeriosis can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in older adults or people with weakened immune system.
The USDA is advising anyone who has this product to throw it away.