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Nearly 40,000 Pounds Of Foster Farms Chicken Recalled Due To Listeria Contamination

FILE - This Oct. 10, 2013 file photo shows a truck entering the Foster Farms processing plant in Livingston, Calif. An outbreak of antibiotic-resistant salmonella linked to a California chicken company is ongoing after more than a year, with 50 new illnesses in the last two months and 574 sickened since March 2013. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there are about eight new salmonella illnesses linked to the outbreak a week, most of them in California. So far, there has been no recall of Foster Farms chicken.  (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
FILE - This Oct. 10, 2013 file photo shows a truck entering the Foster Farms processing plant in Livingston, Calif. An outbreak of antibiotic-resistant salmonella linked to a California chicken company is ongoing after more than a year, with 50 new illnesses in the last two months and 574 sickened since March 2013. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there are about eight new salmonella illnesses linked to the outbreak a week, most of them in California. So far, there has been no recall of Foster Farms chicken. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

SEATTLE, Sept 26 (Reuters) - California-based poultry giant Foster Farms is recalling nearly 40,000 pounds of frozen grilled chicken due to Listeria contamination, the Department of Agriculture said on Friday.

Foster Farms shipped the breast strips produced on Aug. 5 from Farmerville, Louisiana, to many U.S. states, USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) representative, Benjamin Bell, said.

No illnesses have been reported, Bell said.

The company said in a statement it distributed the 3.25-pound packages to Costco locations in Oregon, Alaska, Washington state, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Colorado, Texas, Louisiana, California and Hawaii, and to Stater Brothers in California.

All retailers have been notified and have withdrawn product from distribution, it said.

The contamination in a sample of the products was discovered "during the company's routine in-plant inspection," FSIS said in a statement announcing the recall on Thursday.

"While some of the product was set aside and held, the product subject to this recall was inadvertently shipped," it said.

The recall comes amid revelations that major U.S. poultry firms are administering antibiotics to their flocks far more pervasively than regulators realize, posing a potential risk to human health.

The chicken affected by the recall says on the packaging "P-33901" and has a "Best by Date" of Aug. 5, 2015, the statement said.

Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious bacterial infection that may cause fever, muscle aches, headache, convulsions and diarrhea, among other ailments, FSIS said. (Reporting by Eric M. Johnson; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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