Georgia Ag Routine
Sampling Leads to FDA Import Alert
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12 Aug 2008
(MyFOX Atlanta) -- The Georgia Department of
Agriculture food labs have confirmed Listeria monocytogenes
in a chicken salad kit shipped from Canada and used in Publix stores,
Commissioner Tommy Irvin said Tuesday.
Publix voluntarily pulled all of the product and
these kits from all of their stores as soon as GDA labs confirmed the
presence of Listeria in the salad and before further sampling determined the
source, Irvin said.
GDA notified the Food and Drug Administration of the confirmed positive for
Listeria monocytogenes in the kit and FDA issued an
Import Bulletin on the kits from Tiffany Gate Foods, Toronto, Canada.
No illnesses associated with the salad have been reported.
GDA Consumer Protection Division inspectors first pulled samples of the
chicken salad made with the Country Club Salad kits and Publix's rotisserie
chicken as part of the routine target sampling protocol. As part of the
procedure, the GDA food labs then did follow-up testing on the salad. The
labs then performed separate tests on the individual kit ingredients and the
Inspectors will continue to verify that all of the salad and kits have been
pulled from all stores that may have been using the kit, Irvin said.