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Do You Shop At Trader Joe's?

Frozen Chicken & Rice Recall Could Ruin Your Dinner

Posted by Maressa Brown

butter chickenForget cantaloupe, beef, and peanut butter ... Now it's time to worry about certain frozen chicken dinners. U.S. and Canadian officials have noted that 4,865 pounds of Trader Joe's frozen butter chicken and rice were recalled for possible Listeria contamination. The recall is already sounding similar to the widespread ground beef one from a couple months back, being that it also was imported from Canada.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Aliya's Foods Ltd. are conducting the recall and will verify U.S. companies sent shipments of the recalled products have been notified and have removed them from sale. In the meantime, we should all smack our foreheads. Really, why does this continue to happen?

I know we're going to die no matter what, but it really galls me that it's as if we have to constantly question what -- if anything -- is safe to eat. Especially when these kinds of foods -- considered "ready-to-eat" -- are supposedly always subject to pathogen testing.

Well, at least they caught this product before too many were distributed. As of this weekend, 19 cartons of product were on hold at the distribution center, and 240 cartons have been distributed to Trader Joe's retail stores. Trader Joe's has instructed the stores to pull the recalled items off the shelf. The FDA said the recalled products may have gone to 18 stores in New York, 17 in Massachusetts, 13 in Virginia, 11 in New Jersey, nine in Pennsylvania, eight in Maryland and North Carolina, six in Connecticut, three in Florida, two each in New Hampshire and South Carolina, one each in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maine and Rhode Island. Eesh!

So, if you shop at Joe's, you can be sure you're not purchasing the recalled item by checking 12.5-ounce boxes of Trader Joe's Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice for product code 2012-10-31 and lot code 30512. In the meantime, it seems the best way to guard against the affected products is keeping your eyes peeled for any updates on related recalls. Because the way these things have been going lately, another one may not be far behind.

Do you shop at Trader Joe's?

Does this recall concern you?

by on Dec. 3, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Replies (11-20):
catholicmamamia
by on Dec. 3, 2012 at 3:12 PM

No, none in our area. We do love our Whole Foods, though.. :o) 


         

sweetmissy_05
by on Dec. 3, 2012 at 3:14 PM

No we don't have one around here.

4kidz916
by Melissa on Dec. 3, 2012 at 4:50 PM

I hate hearing about all the food recalls but we don't have a Trader Joe's.

Kelly913
by on Dec. 3, 2012 at 5:58 PM

First-I thought TJ's was just a western regional store.  Good to know they are back east too.  Second-the author asks why this keeps happening.  Because we continue to raise animals and crops under conditions that are deplorable.  Third-it sounds like they caught this one early, that's a bit of sunshine.  Fourth-I LOVE shopping at TJ's.  I have to drive 45 minutes to get to one, but when I go that way for anything else, I take an ice chest and stock up on organic butter, real cream, yogurt (my goats aren't giving enough milk to make my own), a few snacks and buy a boquet of flowers.  I like that they are committed to no artificial ingredients and no GMO's.  I will support them as much as I can for that reason. Oh, and I can get UNpasteurized OJ and tangerine juice there too.  Fifth-I don't buy the premade dinners like that, so this recall would not affect me.

SweetLuci
by Luci on Dec. 3, 2012 at 10:15 PM
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 No Trader Joes and I don't buy pre-made or processed foods, so no worries. the reason this happens so much is because of all the extra handling the food gets.

WillTimsmom
by on Dec. 4, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Yes, we shop at TJ's.  They have a great selection of gluten free products.  I don't buy the pre-packaged dinners.  I do buy almond butter, bread (gluten free), pretzels (no hfcs).

Also, my son works @ one, so I want to support them.

Kelly913
by on Dec. 4, 2012 at 10:42 PM

Does he like working there?  The employees usually look like they enjoy being there. 

Quoting WillTimsmom:

Yes, we shop at TJ's.  They have a great selection of gluten free products.  I don't buy the pre-packaged dinners.  I do buy almond butter, bread (gluten free), pretzels (no hfcs).

Also, my son works @ one, so I want to support them.

 

Some Things Cookin' at my blog! 

jessicasmom1
by on Dec. 5, 2012 at 9:14 AM

I shopped there once .. they did not have much that I like

WillTimsmom
by on Dec. 5, 2012 at 7:39 PM

So far he likes it.  He likes how the responsibilities are spread out and that they only work 37 hours / week.  They are paid 40 hours and are expected to do 3 hours of community service each week.


Quoting Kelly913:

Does he like working there?  The employees usually look like they enjoy being there. 

Quoting WillTimsmom:

Yes, we shop at TJ's.  They have a great selection of gluten free products.  I don't buy the pre-packaged dinners.  I do buy almond butter, bread (gluten free), pretzels (no hfcs).

Also, my son works @ one, so I want to support them.

 


Kelly913
by on Dec. 5, 2012 at 10:45 PM
That's cool! Didn't know that about trader joes.

Quoting WillTimsmom:

So far he likes it.  He likes how the responsibilities are spread out and that they only work 37 hours / week.  They are paid 40 hours and are expected to do 3 hours of community service each week.



Quoting Kelly913:

Does he like working there?  The employees usually look like they enjoy being there. 


Quoting WillTimsmom:


Yes, we shop at TJ's.  They have a great selection of gluten free products.  I don't buy the pre-packaged dinners.  I do buy almond butter, bread (gluten free), pretzels (no hfcs).


Also, my son works @ one, so I want to support them.


 


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