On Saturday, Federal US regulators announced a recall of more than 6,600 pounds of chicken and pork salad products produced by Taylor Farms, distributed throughout Dallas and Tracy, CA. The products would have been distributed from centers in Roanoke, Houston, and San Antonio, TX; Los Angeles and Tracy, CA; and Portland, OR, as describe in a press release from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.
According to the regulators, these products may be tainted with the listeria monocytogenes. This is a bacteria which causes listeriosis. This illness causes fever, muscle ache, confusion, convulsions, headache, stiff neck, and loss of balance, which can sometimes be preceded by diarrhea and/or other gastrointestinal symptoms. While the infection may start in the gastrointestinal tract, it can move to other parts of the body.
While it is generally not fatal in healthy adults, this condition can be particularly bad for pregnant women and older adults or those with weaker immune systems. In pregnant women, listeriosis can result in miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or even a life-threatening infection in the newborn.
Fortunately, no such illnesses have been reported as of the time of this publication.
The products are believed to have been packaged between Monday and Thursday of last week, as the issue was first discovered on Friday when Taylor Farms received a notice from [cheese company] Sargento Foods, Inc, who supplies Taylor Farms with Bevel Shred Pepperjack cheese products. Of course, these cheese products are currently being recalled by Sargento Foods, Inc, with great caution.
Specifically, Sargento is recalling the 6.84-oz packages of Sargento Ultra Thin Sliced Longhorn Colby which have sell-by dates between April 12 and May 10, 2017; as well as the 8-oz package of Sargento Chef Blends Shredded Nacho Cheese and Taco Cheese which have sell-by dates between June 14 and July 12, 2017.
Taylor Farms is recalling 10.5-oz plastic trays of Signature Cafe Southwest Chicken Premade Salad which have a use-by date of 2/13, 2/14, or 2/15/2017; as well as the 10.5 oz plastic trays of Signature Cafe Southwest Style Salad with Chicken which have a use-by date of 2/14, 2/15, or 2/16/2017; and finally the 10.5-oz plastic trays of H-E-B Shake Rattle & Bowl Rowdy Ranch Hand (contains pork) which have use by dates of 2/17, 2/18, or 2/19/17.