HOUSTON — The possibility that listeria has contaminated meat and poultry products has prompted the Texas-based company that distributes them to issue a voluntary recall.
According to the USDA, Ajinomoto Windsor Inc. has issued a recall for over 47 million pounds of not-ready-to-eat meat and poultry products that may be contaminated with listeria.
The heat-treated meat and poultry items, which are not fully cooked and not shelf stable, were produced on various dates between May 1, 2014 and May 1, 2016.
The affected products include frozen chicken fried rice, chicken poblano firecrackers and other chicken and meat products produced by Ajinomoto Windsor.
The recall expands from frozen veggies to meat, poultry
According to a prepared statement dated May 7, no illnesses have been reported to the company from the products involved in the recall.
Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions, sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract.
According to the USDA, the problem was discovered when Ajinomoto Windsor was notified by CRF Frozen Foods that its frozen vegetables used in Ajinomoto Windsor, Inc. products were involved in a recall. CRF Frozen Foods of Pasco, Wash., voluntarily recalled frozen fruit and vegetable items because of an outbreak of listeriosis.
The products in the recall were distributed in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Company officials said in the statement that Ajinomoto Windsor is working with its customers to remove the products from store shelves.
If you have purchased Ajinomoto brand items that carry a “use-by” date of Nov. 5, 2017, or earlier, you are advised to discard them or return them to the store where you purchased them. If the product includes a Julian code date, remove or return or destroy that product as well, company officials said.
Anyone with questions can call the company’s consumer affairs hotline at 855-742-5011 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific time, Monday through Sunday.
The Windsor Foods website has a complete list of products affected by the recall.