According to a new press release from the FDA Tennessee based food and beverages company, Knott’s Fine Foods has issued a voluntary recall for its 3 ounce Chicken Salad Sandwiches with an expiration date of 1/29/13 and earlier viewing the potential contamination of the product with Listeria monocytogenes.

Although the mentioned bacteria shows only short term symptoms like headache, high fever, nausea, diarrhea and abdominal pain in healthy young individuals, still, it may affect seriously to infants, children, elderly people and people with compromised immune system. According to reports from the federal agency United States Food and Drug Administration the potentially infected Chicken Salad Sandwiches were distributed in states like Western Kentucky, West Tennessee and North Mississippi through various retail stores and outlets.

The move was initiated by the company in association with the FDA after the routine inspection of its manufacturing facility by Tennessee Department of Agriculture revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in 1 – 3 oz. Chicken Salad Sandwich.

The product comes in a 3 ounce black wedge with clear plastic film closure. UPC code is 0-11984-01132-6. All expiration dates 1/29/13 and earlier are being recalled. The expiration date is located on an orange sticker on the clear film of the package.

The company has reiterated its commitment towards people to provide safety and well-being with their products and sought assistance from common people as well. With the recall the company has appealed customers to avoid using the affected batch of product. Consumers who have purchased any of the above mentioned Knott’s Chicken Salad Sandwiches are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

What is Listeria monocytogenes?

Listeria monocytogenes is a faculatative anaerobic bacterium which can survive in the presence of oxygen. When infected, the bacteria causes the infection listeriosis. 

Some Important Facts about Listeria monocytogenes infection

  • Listeriosis is a disease caused by a gram-positive bacterium named Listeria that usually penetrate human cells and replicate inside it.
  • The bacteria usually penetrate human cells and replicate inside it
  • Some of the symptoms of the infection include fever, nausea, muscle aches, diarrhea and meningitis.
  • The disease is caused when they ingest contaminated food or fluid. Foods that are not cooked or fluids that are not treated or pasteurized are frequently the sources of infection.
  • Pregnant females can transmit Listeria organisms to their fetus or to their newborn.