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Gourmet Boutique Frozen Dinners Recalled for Listeria Contamination

Mar 5, 2008 | Parker Waichman LLP

More frozen dinner have been recalled because of  potential Listeria contamination.  The US Department of Agriculture recalled 12 different Gourmet Boutique frozen meat dinner products.  The Gourmet Banquet frozen dinner recall includes almost 7,000 pounds of Gourmet Boutique frozen meat products that may be contaminated with bacteria linked to the sometimes fatal disease listeriosis.  The dinners containing meat and poultry were sent to Georgia, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Wisconsin.  The recalled items' production number is GBD 08058.

  • 6-pound bulk packages of “Gourmet Boutique Honey Chicken Salad” bearing establishment number “P-18799” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
  • 3-pound bulk packages of “Gourmet Boutique Chicken Marsala” bearing establishment number “P-18799” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
  • 3-pound bulk packages of “Gourmet Boutique Grilled Chicken Breast in Teriyaki Sauce, Portion Control” bearing establishment number “P-18799” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
  • 6-pound bulk packages of “Gourmet Boutique Grilled Lemon Chicken, Portion Control” bearing establishment number “P-18799” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
  • 6-pound bulk packages of “Gourmet Boutique Grilled Lemon Chicken, Portion Control, Keep Frozen” bearing establishment number “P-18799” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
  • 3-pound bulk packages of “Gourmet Boutique Home Style Chicken Salad” bearing establishment number “P-18799” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
  • 4-pound bulk packages of “Gourmet Boutique Grilled Chicken B&E Pret A Manger” bearing establishment number “P-18799” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
  • 3.5-pound bulk packages of “Gourmet Boutique Breaded and Fried Chicken Cutlet” bearing establishment number “P-18799” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
  • 3.125-pound bulk packages of “Gourmet Boutique Italian Stallion Twister” bearing establishment number “EST. 18799” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
  • 8-pound bulk packages of “Gourmet Boutique Meatloaf with Gravy KIT” bearing establishment number “EST. 18799” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
  • 4.6-pound bulk packages of “Gourmet Boutique Chicken Burrito” bearing establishment number “P-18799” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
  • 3.125-pound bulk packages of “Gourmet Boutique Turkey Club Twister” bearing establishment number “P-18799” inside the USDA mark of inspection.

Consumption of food contaminated with the Listeria monocytogenes bacterium can cause listeriosis, a very serious although relatively rare infection that can result in death.  Listeriosis outbreaks have been associated with consuming unpasteurized or raw milk, contaminated soft cheeses, vegetables, and ready-to-eat meats.  The Listeria bacterium is found in soil and water; animals can carry the bacterium without appearing ill, contaminating foods of animal origin such as meats and dairy products.  The bacterium has been found in processed foods that become contaminated after processing, such as soft cheeses and deli counter cold cuts.  When the disease affects pregnant women the result is often stillborn deaths or miscarriage.  The disease also tends to affect newborns and those with weakened immune systems.  Symptoms include fever, muscle aches, and gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea.  If infection spreads to the nervous system, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, or convulsions can occur.


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