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Buyers Beware: Lunds, Byerly's Issue Chicken Recall

Shoppers should avoid Lunds and Bylerly's pre-prepared chicken meals, which could be infected with Listeria Monocytogenes, a bacteria-borne illness that is especially hazardous to pregnant women.

Lunds and Byerly's have issued a voluntary recall on certain chicken products that could be contaminated with Listeria Monocytogenes, a strain of bacteria that can gravely threaten an unborn child if a pregnant mother becomes infected.

"We have been informed of a possible food safety issue involving Listeria Monocytogenes in a recent supply of chicken we used to make select varieties of marinated chicken breasts, chicken kabobs and chicken meal kits," according to the notice on the Lunds and Byerly's website

According to the Center for Disease Control, the baterium causes Listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns, and those with compromised immune systems. Less often, people without these risk factors can also become seriously ill. It is common for the infection to become "invasive," with the bacteria spreading beyond the gastrointestinal tract. 

Symptoms are as follows:

  • Pregnant women: The illness manifests itself mildly in pregnant women at first. Typically, pregnant patients experience a "flu-like illness," but the longterm consequences can be severe. Infections can result in miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or life-threatening infection of the newborn.
  • For other patients, typical symptoms include fever and muscle aches, headaches, a stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions. Older adults and those with weakened immunity may also fall pray to septicemia and meningitis. 

No illnesses have been reported, as yet. Lunds and Byerly's have removed affected products from their shelves until further notice. 

All products included in this recall are noted below:

Lunds and Byerly’s Marinated Chicken Breasts

  • Tuscan Chicken Breasts
  • Northwoods Chicken Breasts
  • Lemon Herb Chicken Breasts
  • Applewood Chipotle Chicken Breasts
  • Chimichurri Chicken Breasts
  • Raspberry Chicken Breasts

Lunds and Byerly’s Kabobs

  • Cajun Fireball Chicken Kabobs
  • Tuscan Kabobs
  • Northwoods Chicken Kabobs
  • Raspberry Chicken Kabobs

Lunds and Byerly’s Great Food Fast Meal Kits

  • Applewood Chicken & Maple Bean
  • Tuscan Chicken Risotto
  • Northwood Chicken & Cheddar Mac
  • Chimichurri Chicken & Roasted Corn Pilaf
  • Raspberry Chicken & Wild Rice

If you have purchased any of these products since Sept. 14, you can return them to any Lunds or Byerly’s for a full refund (receipt not required) or destroy them immediately. There is one Byerly's location in Burnsville.

Staff noted that no other varieties of chicken in the stores are affected by this recall. 

"This food safety issue was discovered after we proactively had samples of this chicken tested by an independent, third-party lab during the development of a new line of prepared chicken offerings," according to the website. "This is an added preventative food safety measure we take any time we are developing a new perishable item."

The chicken recall follows closely on the heels of another outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes in early September, which was connected to ricotta salata cheese. As of Sept. 11, 14 people had been infected, all of whom were hospitalized. Three deaths were reported. The disease surfaced in 11 states and the District of Columbia, including Minnesota.

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