Valley Fine Foods is recalling more than 35,000 pounds of refrigerated Simple Dishes brand pasta entrees containing meat and chicken after discovering the products might be contaminated with “spoilage organisms.”
The Forest City, NC, company reports it produced the recalled products from Aug. 15 through Oct. 4. The products are heat-treated, but are not fully cooked, according to a recall notice posted by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
Some of the Simple Dishes products have Nov. 25 best-if-used-by dates, prompting FSIS to urge consumers to check their homes for the chicken and meat pasta dishes. No one should eat any of the recalled products. Company and government officials say the products should immediately be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
“The problem was discovered on Oct. 4 by the establishment’s (Valley Fine Foods) research and development department during routine internal testing. FSIS was notified on Oct. 10,” according to the recall notice. As of the posting of the notice Thursday evening, no confirmed illnesses had been reported in relation to the recalled products.