Food production is tricky and messy business. You might remember not too long ago that H-E-B issued a chicken recall or that whole cases of vegetables sold nationwide were recalled for a scare with listeria. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) stays busy all year long monitoring products that leave facilities and the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) tries to catch all contaminated foods in time before they reach the market. However, one Trader Joe's salad seemed to sneak through the bunch.
FSIS issued a public health alert from salads containing chicken meat products from Ghiringhelli Specialty Foods based in Vallejo, California for fear of Listeria monocytogenes contamination. What is the difference between a public health alert and a recall? The USDA believes that all products that could be contaminated have expired based on their Sell-By date, and therefore have not subject the products to a recall.
The product in question is a ready-to-eat favorite, the Trader Joe's Broccoli Slaw & Kale Salad with White Chicken Meat. The use-by dates of the product are as follows: October 10, 2017; October 11, 2017; October 12, 2017; and October 13, 2017. The lot codes on the packages produced between October 3, 2017 and October 6, 2017 are: 70327610, 70427710, 70527810, and 70627910.
The salads were distributed to locations in California, Arizona, Utah, and Nevada. The USDA reports that the issue was discovered when they were notified that broccoli included in these packages might have been contaminated with L. monocytogenes. If you have these products, please return to place of original purchase or trash immediately.