Both the Anchorage Daily News and KTUU Channel 2 posted stories alerting Alaskans to the recall of frozen chicken entrees by Costco. However, since the accounts were sketchy, I went hunting, and found the full recall announcement on the U.S. Department of Agriculture website. The USDA has classified it a Class I Recall, which means High Risk. The applicable sections of the announcement are reproduced below (I could find no information on the recall itself on the Costco website):
Costco Wholesale, an Issaquah, Wash. firm, is voluntarily recalling approximately 10,368 pounds of frozen chicken Entrées that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service announced today.
The following product is subject to recall: Four-pack of 12-ounce packages of "Discover Cuisine Red Curry Chicken & Jasmine Rice." Each package bears the Canadian establishment number "Est. 302" inside the Canadian Food Inspection Agency mark of inspection as well as a "Best By" date of "12-18-08." The item number "2880" also appears by the UPC code on the package.
The frozen chicken entrées were produced on October 18th, 2007, and were sent to retail establishments in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah and Washington.
The problem was discovered through FSIS microbiological sampling. FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of this product.
Consumption of food contaminated with 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.
Media with questions about the recall should contact Inovata Foods Chief Operating Officer Bob McColl, at (780) 454-8665.
Consumers with questions about the recall should contact the Costco Call Center at (800) 774-2678.
Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day.
This is probably particularly important in Bush Alaska, where the small village stores may still have this in stock without realizing it. While there's been no reports of actual illness yet, you are urged not to eat this product.