October 14, 2019

Target Recalls Frozen Meat and Poultry Products for Temperature Abuse

Target Corporation is recalling an indeterminate amount of frozen ready-to-eat and not-ready-to-eat meat and poultry products due to temperature abuse during transport, which may have caused the grows of pathogens or spoilage organisms. The products were over the temperature of 60°F for more than five hours. That could have aided the growth of Bacillus cereus, Staphylococcus aureus, Shiga-toxin producing E. coli, Listeria monocytogenes, and Salmonella bacteria.

These products were sold from March 23, 2018 to March 27, 2018.  You can see the complete list of recalled products along with the UPC numbers and pictures of product labels at the USDA web site. Fifty-nine different products are on that list. The products include  Healthy Choice Simply Grilled Chicken Pesto, Jimmy Dean Meat Lovers Bowl, Totonis Combination Pizza Rolls, Tyson Breast Patties, Archer Farms Shredded Beef Tamales, Birds Eye Voila! Alfredo Chicken, Simply Balanced Swai Fillets, Lean Cuisine Comfort Glazed Chicken, Market Pantry Italian Meatballs, PF Chang’s Orange Chicken, and Hungry Man Salisbury Steak, among others.

Look at that list carefully. If you bought any of those products, do not eat them, even if they need to be cooked before serving. These bacteria can produce toxins that are not destroyed by heat. If the foods are not heated to at least 165*F some of the. bacteria could survive and make you sick. And there is always a chance of cross-contamination with any contaminated product.

If you have eaten one of these products and have been sick with the symptoms of food poisoning, see your doctor. E. coli infections cause serious and bloody diarrhea. Salmonella infections cause fever, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. Listeria monocytogenes infections included headache, muscle cramps, stiff neck, and diarrhea, and those symptoms may not appear until 70 days after infection. Pregnant women may suffer miscarriage, stillbirth, or premature labor after a Listeria infection.

You can return these products to the store where you bought them for a full refund. Or throw them away in a double bagged package so other people and animals can’t access them.

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