The United States Department of Agriculture has reported that 2 tons of prepared barbecue chicken salad has been recalled due to potential listeria contamination. The salad, sold under the Trader Joe’s brand and processed by California based Huxtable Kitchens, contains red onions obtained from Gill’s Onions, whose produce has been recalled because of the probability of listeria contamination.
The prepared barbecue chicken salad has the identification number P-11079 printed within the USDA inspection stamp on the package. The use-by date on recalled packages of salad is July 30. Unlike the current salsa and balela recall which has impacted stores on the east coast, 5 western states are impacted in this recall; southern California, Arizona, southern Nevada, New Mexico and Texas.
The consumption of listeria contaminated food can not only cause serious illness, but listeria infection, called listeriosis, has a high mortality rate. Individuals with compromised immune systems, children and older people are more prone to infection, but the impact on pregnant women is more significant, with reported infection rates that are 20 times higher than in other healthy adults.
If you have this prepared barbecue chicken salad in your refrigerator, do not consume it. Return it to the store where it was purchased for a refund. If you have eaten some of the salad in question and experience symptoms including nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain or fever, see your health care provider as soon as possible.
We will continue to update information about the current Trader Joe’s and other food recalls as soon as it becomes available.