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Trader Joe's recalls BBQ chicken salad

Trader Joe's has pulled Huxtable's Kitchen barbecue chicken salads off its shelves because of possible contamination, according to Yavapai County Community Health Services.

The salad contains diced onions that are the subject of a recall by the Food and Drug Adminstration because of possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Safety Inspection Services announced.

Trader Joe's is located at 252 N. Lee Blvd. off Highway 69. Its staff confirmed Friday that the product was removed from the store's shelves and destroyed Thursday after getting notice of the recall. Signs were posted at the registers and at the points of display stating that the supplier had recalled this product.

To date, health officials have received no reports of illness. Trader Joe's representatives are asking anyone who has bought the product to return it to the store for a full refund.

Listeriosis, a serious infection that is an important public health problem in the U.S., is usually caused by eating food contaminated with the bacteria, Listeria monocytogenes. The disease primarily affects older adults, pregnant women, newborns and adults with weakened immune systems. However, rarely, people without these risk factors can also be affected. The risk may be reduced by recommendations for safe food preparation, consumption and storage.

A person with listeriosis usually has fever and muscle aches, sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. Almost everyone who is diagnosed with listeriosis has an "invasive" infection, in which the bacteria spread beyond the gastrointestinal tract.

The symptoms vary with the infected person, and in more serious cases can also include headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions. Pregnant women typically experience only mild, flu-like illness. However, infections during pregnancy can lead to miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn.

For more information, contact David McAtee at 928-442-5509 or email David.McAtee@co.yavapai.az.us.

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