California Product Defect At Heart Of Chicken Salad Recall

California product recalls are becoming an all-too-frequent occurrence, so it’s really no surprise that now a chicken pasta salad is being recalled for threats of salmonella. According to the FDA recall release printed by the Imperial Valley Press:

Products concerned are 12 oz. packages of “Spicy THAI STYLE PASTA SALAD”

The chicken pasta products were produced on Oct. 25, 27, and 29, 2010. The packages bear the establishment number “P-21030” within the USDA Mark of Inspection as well as a “USE BY” date of Oct. 31 or Nov. 1-6, 2010.

FSIS learned of the problem from the company as a result of an ongoing investigation into a cilantro recall issued by an FDA-inspected establishment. FSIS has received no reports of illnesses associated with the consumption of these ready-to-eat chicken pasta salad products.

The ready-to-eat chicken pasta salad products were distributed to distribution centers that sell to a single retail chain in California.

Consumer with questions about the recall may contact the company’s Insurance Coordinator, Denise McGrath, at (951) 278-2772 ext. 8113. Media with questions about the recall may contact the company’s President, Thom Rindt, at (951) 278-2772.

That’s not the only major recall, however. CNN notes that Bumble Bee Chicken Salad with Crackers are also potentially harmful:

The Suter Company is recalling 8.2-ounce packages of the “Bumble Bee Lunch on the Run Chicken Salad Complete Lunch Kit” and 3.5-ounce packages of “Bumble Bee Chicken Salad with Crackers,” according to a statement released Sunday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

While the company is headquartered in Sycamore, Illinois, its products are sold from coast to coast. The recalled products — which have a August 2011 “best-by” date for the lunch kit, and February 2012 corresponding date for the cracker package — were put together and shipped out to distributors and stores between August 14 and 28 of this year.

The recall was prompted by complaints from people who found pieces of loose plastic inside their Bumble Bee packages. The federal agency noted in its release that it hasn’t received any reports of people getting hurt or sick as a result.

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