by Andrew Crisp
In a release issued Jan. 19, LJD Holdings, Inc., doing business as B and D Foods in Boise, announced a voluntary recall of 35,000 pounds of fully cooked frozen chicken, beef and pork products due to possible contamination with the Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.
Limited only to production on Dec. 6, the products subject to recall include the following items:
10 pound. boxes, containing two, 5-pound bags of Royal "The Tempuara King” Royal Tempura Chicken, Fully Cooked Tempura Chicken Breast, bearing an identifying code of “A-4615.” This product was distributed to foodservice and/or institutional customers in California, Colorado, Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Washington.
10-pound boxes, containing two, 5-pound bags of “Blings! Chicken Breast with Parmesan Flavoring,” bearing an identifying code of “A-4844.” This product was distributed to foodservice and/or institutional customers in Idaho and Montana.
10-pound boxes, containing two, 5-pound bags of “Steakhouse Tempura Seasonded Beef and Binder Strips,” bearing an identifying code of “A-1070-10.” This product was distributed to foodservice and/or institutional customers in Idaho and Montana.
30-pound boxes of “Kettle Cooked Chicken Breast Pieces,” bearing an identifying code of “A-3900.” This product was distributed to an industrial customer in Ohio.
30-pound boxes of “Fully Cooked Pork Strips,” bearing an identifying code of “A-3025-30.” This product was distributed to an industrial customer in Arizona and California.
Products were distributed to food manufacturers and distributors who supply airlines and restaurants in Idaho, Utah, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Montana, California and Ohio. They were not sold in grocery stores.
B and D claimed the recall was a precautionary effort over concerns of cross-contamination from a product that showed the presence of listeria in a test sample. From the statement:
On Dec. 6, five products totaling 33,500 pounds were manufactured in B and D Foods’ Boise facility. Initial routine microbiological sampling revealed no positive results for Listeria monocytogenes. One of the five products was the new product, Kettle Cooked Chicken. A sample portion of that chicken was delivered to a client, who conducted additional routine testing. On Dec. 17, one of the many product samples tested by the customer produced questionable results. B and D Foods sent additional samples of the new chicken product that was still in its possession, to an outside lab for further testing. B and D Foods was notified that Listeria monocytogenes was detected in one of eight test samples.
A statement released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture directed consumers with questions regarding the recall to the company’s Chief Administrative Office, Gary Shaw, at 208-344-1183, ext. 106.