USDA Issues Alert Over Trader Joe's Frozen Meals

The frozen chicken products were not subject to import reinspection.

Trader Joe's store, Phoenix, March 2020.
Trader Joe's store, Phoenix, March 2020.

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service is issuing a public health alert for ready-to-eat frozen chicken products that did not receive the benefit of import reinspection. 

A recall was not requested because the products are no longer available for purchase. The RTE frozen chicken products were produced on April 14 and 16, 2022. The following products are subject to this public health alert:  

  • 12.5 oz. tray in-box packages containing “TRADER JOES BUTTER CHICKEN WITH BASMATI RICE” with best by dates of April 14, 2023, and April 16, 2023, and lot codes “208068” and “208228.”
  • 8.5 oz. bag in-box packages containing “TRADER JOES MINI CHICKEN TIKKA SAMOSAS” with a best by date of April 14, 2023, and lot code “208072” and “207772.”

The products bear the Canadian establishment seal “913.” These items were shipped to Trader Joe’s locations in Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

The problem was discovered during routine FSIS surveillance activities of imported products. There have been no confirmed reports of illness or adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an illness or reaction should contact a healthcare provider.  

FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase. Media and consumers with questions regarding this public health alert can contact Noorudin Jiwani, President, Aliya’s Foods Limited, at 780-964-2266 or [email protected].

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