Trader Joe’s has posted the following food-safety recall on its website.

We have been alerted by our supplier of Trader Joe's Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice (sku 99032) that there is a possibility that product with a production date of "305 12"* may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

According to Food Safety News, Aliya’s Foods Limited, a Canadian company, has recalled 4,865 pounds of frozen butter chicken and rice products. Trader Joe’s imports the product and packages it as its own.


The products may have been sold at Trader Joe’s stores in Connecticutt, Delaware, Florida, Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia and Washington DC. Anyone who has purchased Trader Joe’s Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice is “urged to not eat it, and to dispose of it or return it to any Trader Joe's for a full refund.”


Listeria is a bacterium that can be found in soil, water and some animals. says it’s unique because it can grow in cold temperatures in the refrigerator. A person who has listeriosis could have “fever, stiff neck, confusion, weakness, vomiting, sometimes preceded by diarrhea.”


Pregnant women are particularly susceptible to listeriosis and are about 20 times more likely than other adults to get it. Miscarriage, birth defects, and life-long health problems are a possibility. Others at a higher risk are the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.


Anyone who has consumed Trader Joe’s Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice and develops symptoms of listeriosis — even if they are in a high-risk group — should contact a doctor immediately.


Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.