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Health alert issued for chicken pilaf sold at Trader Joe's

Patriot-News - 2/8/2024

The USDA'sFood Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a public health alert for a frozen-ready-to-eat chicken pilaf product due to concerns about the chicken being contaminated with foreign material.

The foreign material is rocks, according to the FSIS.

The health alert, issued Feb. 7, is to ensure that consumers know that the product shouldn't be eaten. Due to the product no longer being available for purchase, a recall was not requested.

The issue was discovered when FSIS was notified that consumer complaints of rocks in the chicken pilaf were received. One consumer even reported a dental injury from eating the product.

The 14-oz. plastic package containing "Trader Joe's Chicken, Lentil & Caramelized Onion Pilaf with Saffron Basmati Rice, Dark Chicken Meat, Dates and Golden Raisins" with the establishment number "P-45322 inside of the USDA mark of inspection was produced on multiple dates from Nov. 1, 2023, through Jan. 19.

It was made available at Trader Joe's grocery stores nationwide.

Fortunately, FSIS has received no additional reports of injury or illness.

However, FSIS is concerned that some of the meals might be in consumers' freezers. If you purchased this product, don't eat it. Instead, throw it away or return it to the place of purchase.

Anyone concerned about injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers and members of the media with questions about the alert can call the producing establishment, Mama Vicky's, at 818-583-0003.

Additionally, consumers with food safety questions can contact the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 888-674-6854 or live chat via Ask USDA from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. Consumers can also browse food safety messages at Ask USDA or send a question via email to MPHotline@usda.gov.

To report a problem with a meat, poultry, or egg product, the online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at https://foodcomplaint.fsis.usda.gov/eCCF/.

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