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Attention, Walmart shoppers — testing found listeria in one of your food products

A chicken dish sold at over 4,200 Walmart stores under one the chain’s house brands was recalled Wednesday after the ready-to-eat meal tested positive for listeria.

Freshness Guaranteed Chicken Fried Rice, Lot No. WK10CFR with a best by date of Nov. 10, 2024, should be returned to the store for a refund or thrown in the garbage. As is its custom, Walmart quickly posted an 89-page PDF with stores that sold the chicken fried rice.

The USDA Food Safety Inspection Service’s recall notice said: “The problem was discovered by FSIS during review of testing results, which showed the product tested positive for (listeria).”

Freshness Guaranteed Chicken Fried Rice with vegetables in soy sauce.
Freshness Guaranteed Chicken Fried Rice with vegetables in soy sauce.

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Listeria doesn’t infect many each year, about 1,600 in the United States according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but it kills about 260 people. People over 65, pregnant women and newborns tend to be the most vulnerable to listeria’s worst effects. Most people will feel like they have the flu, have headaches, fever and neck stiffness.

Garland Ventures of Garland, Texas, issued the recall of over 18,400 dishes it made for Walmart. If you have any questions about this recall, reach out to Garland Ventures account managers Evelyn Tsai (evelyntsai@ballyplus.com) or Phoebe Hsu (phoebehsu@ballyplus.com) at 972-485-8878.