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The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service has announced the recall of imported chicken skewers due to Listeria concerns. (Photo: USDA/FSIS)

The USDA recalled 20K pounds of chicken skewers due to Listeria concerns

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has recalled imported chicken skewer products due to possible Listeria contamination.

Expresco Foods, Inc., which is based in Canada, recalled approximately 20,446 pounds of the product when FSIS discovered a problem during a routine inspection of foreign shipments. The company said the chicken skewers were sold in Michigan, Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland and Texas.

So far there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions to the product.

Consumption of food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, people with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. It can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms

Anyone who may have purchased these products is urged not to consume them. Instead, the product should be thrown out or returned to the place of purchase.

Here's a detailed list of the products:

  • 1.31-lb. packages of “WEST END CUISINE GRILLED MEDITERRANEAN STYLE CHICKEN SKEWERS HAND-MADE WITH CHICKEN BREAST” containing the UPC code 621588314947 with lot codes: 172562, 172640, 172571 and 172704.
  • 1.09-lb. packages of “EXPRESCO GRILLED Garlic & Herb CHICKEN SKEWERS” containing the UPC code 621588315555 with lot codes: 172563, 172668, 172669 and 172670.

A complete list of FSIS recalls can be found here.

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