Pounds of frozen chicken recalled for possible listeria: brands, products, and foods affected

A recall has been announced for frozen chicken over possible listeria contamination. Find out which products have been affected.


About 2010 pounds of frozen ready-to-eat chicken products have been recalled by the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). The recall affects Al Safa USA for products imported from Canada on June 13, 2024, and June 21, 2024.

Listeria, a bacteria, has always been a concern regarding food products. For example, over nine million pounds of frozen ready-to-eat chicken products were recalled in 2021 by Tyson Foods. These products were tied to multiple listeria outbreaks, with a significant number of people affected and one death recorded.

Al Safa Recalled Products 

There haven’t been any documented illnesses from consumption of the Al Safa USA chicken products, but consumers are advised to return or discard the products immediately. These products were discovered during routine inspections by FSIS. 

The products affected are;

  • 12.1-oz. cardboard box package containing “Al Safa Halal Charcoal Grilled Chicken Seekh Kebab Grilled, Minced, Chicken Patty Kebab” with “NOV 30 25″ and “0605404″ printed on a sticker on the outer part of the package. 
  • 14.11-oz. cardboard box package containing “Al Safa Halal Fully Cooked Chicken Chapli Kebab Seasoned Chicken Patty” with “NOV 30 25″ and “0605416″ printed on a sticker on the outer part of the package. 

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “866″ inside the Canadian mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

The contamination was discovered through routine FSIS inspections, which revealed that some products requiring recooking due to possible contamination had been repackaged without recooking. Further investigations indicated that these products had been distributed further into the retail supply chain, exacerbating the potential public health risk.

The FSIS has not reported any adverse reactions or illnesses linked to the consumption of these products at this time. However, consumers who may have symptoms consistent with listeriosis are urged to contact their healthcare provider urgently.

FSIS has advised consumers to check their freezers for the recalled products and either dispose of them or return them to the place of purchase. It is crucial to ensure that any potentially contaminated product is not consumed.

In general, the FSIS also recommends ready-to-eat products until they are “steaming hot” to ensure safety.

Other products that have been detected to be linked to listeria where not stored or handled properly include:

  • Salad mixes
  • Deli meats
  • Cheeses
  • Sprouts 
  • Melons
  • Unpasteurized milk
  • Fruits
  • Tainted peaches
  • Plums
  • Nectarines 

Listeria Monocytogenes

Listeria monocytogenes is a harmful bacterium that causes listeriosis, a serious infection that poses significant risks, particularly to elderly people with weakened immune systems, pregnant women and their newborns. Symptoms of listeria are;

  • Fever 
  • Muscle aches
  • Headaches
  • Loss of balance
  • Stiff neck
  • Confusion 
  • Loss of balance
  • Convulsions
  • Gastrointestinal issues 

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