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Starbucks ‘Bistro Box’ Chicken Recalled

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

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The Lawrenceville-based Flying Food Group was advised of the problem as a result of FSIS microbiological testing conducted on a sample of chicken used in the products.

There are no reports of illness associated with eating the chicken.

Being recalled are:

‚Ä¢ 8.4-ounce packages of “STARBUCKS CHIPOTLE CHICKEN WRAPS Bistro Box”

‚Ä¢ 6.3-ounce packages of “STARBUCKS CHICKEN & HUMMUS Bistro Box”

The products have an “Enjoy by 071511″ date on the bottom left corner of the package and bear the establishment number “P-34373″ inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were produced on July 13, 2011, and distributed to Starbucks outlets in Georgia and Alabama.

Consumers with questions about the recall should contact the company’s representative, Ellen Pritsker, 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. Listeriosis 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 persons with HIV infection or undergoing chemotherapy.

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