Starbucks-chicken-listeria.gifThe U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a press release today announcing that Flying Food Group, LLC, a Lawrenceville, Ga., establishment, is recalling approximately 204 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken wraps and plates that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

FSIS became aware of the contamination after it conducted microbiological testing on a sample of chicken incorporated into these products.

The affected products include: 

  • 8.4-ounce packages of “STARBUCKS CHIPOTLE CHICKEN WRAPS Bistro Box”
  • 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 coffee shops in Georgia and Alabama. FSIS noted that, when it is available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at:

Although FSIS and the company have received no reports of illnesses associated with consumption of these products, FSIS is urging consumers to avoid eating the items subject to the recall. If consumers have questions about the recall, they about the recall should contact the company’s representative, Ellen Pritsker, at (312) 243-2122.

Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that can be life-threatening. According to FSIS’ press release:

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. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider.