WASHINGTON – Imported chicken products that were sold in several states – including Texas – are being recalled due to possible listeria contamination.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) said Wednesday that Expresco Foods, Inc. is recalling more than 20,000 pounds of the product. The chicken skewer items are fully cooked, but may still be contaminated. FSIS says the following products subject to the recall were packaged on Aug. 9 and Aug. 15, 2017:

- 1.31-lb. packages of “WEST END CUISINE GRILLED MEDITERRANEAN STYLE CHICKEN SKEWERS HAND-MADE WITH CHICKEN BREAST” containing the UPC code 621588314947 with lot codes: 172562, 172640, 172571 and 172704.
- 1.09-lb. packages of “EXPRESCO GRILLED Garlic & Herb CHICKEN SKEWERS” containing the UPC code 621588315555 with lot codes: 172563, 172668, 172669 and 172670.

Expresco Foods is based in Montreal, and the recalled products have the establishment number “36” in the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) mark of inspection. FSIS added “the problem was discovered by the import inspector during routine inspection of foreign shipments. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. FSIS said the products were shipped to retailers in Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan and Texas.

Those who have purchased the products are urged to throw them away or return them to the place of purchase.

Eating food contaminated with listeria can cause listeriosis, an infection that mainly affects older people, those with weakened immune systems, pregnant women and newborns. People outside those risk groups can be affected, but it is less likely.