Starbucks 'Bistro Box' Chicken Recalled

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Lawrenceville, Georgia-based Flying Food Group is recalling about 204 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken prepared for Starbucks coffee shops in Georgia (GA) and Alabama (AL). The chicken used in some of Starbucks’s “bistro box” meals may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said on Tuesday.

The company learned of the problem from FSIS microbiological testing conducted on a sample of chicken used in the products. So far, there are no reports of illness associated with eating the chicken.

Included in the recall are:

•         8.4-ounce packages of “STARBUCKS CHIPOTLE CHICKEN WRAPS Bistro Box”

•         6.3-ounce packages of “STARBUCKS CHICKEN & HUMMUS Bistro Box”

The products have the label “Enjoy by 071511” on the bottom left corner of the package, as well as the establishment number “P-34373” inside the USDA mark of inspection. They were produced on July 13, 2011, and then distributed to Starbucks outlets in GA and AL.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Ellen Pritsker, the company’s representative, at 312-243-2122.

Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an uncommon but potentially fatal disease. Healthy people rarely contract listeriosis. However, listeriosis can cause high fever, severe headache, neck stiffness and nausea. It can also cause miscarriages and stillbirths, as well as serious and sometimes fatal infections in those with weakened immune systems, such as infants, the elderly, and people with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy.

As a Los Angeles wrongful death attorney, my firm and I strive to create a safer community and truly hope that neither you, nor your loved ones were affected by the products included in this recall.