CFIA Statement - Aliya's Foods Limited

December 1, 2012, Ottawa: Aliya's Foods Limited, Establishment 720 of Edmonton, Alberta has voluntarily recalled its Trader Joe's Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice product due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed that all of the affected product was shipped to the United States and was not distributed in the Canadian marketplace. The CFIA informed American officials, who have issued a public health alert in the United States.

The potential contamination was detected on one production line during routine testing. Subsequent testing conducted by the company, and verified by the CFIA, has shown no additional evidence of Listeria contamination.

As a precaution, the CFIA has initiated a food safety investigation. As recommended by the Weatherill Report, no product from the implicated production line will be allowed to enter the Canadian or American marketplace unless the CFIA verifies that tests for Listeria monocytogenes are negative.