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Thursday, July 28, 2011

[UPDATED] Starbucks Introduces Bistro Boxes. USDA Says Not So Fast.

Posted By on Thu, Jul 28, 2011 at 8:00 AM

A Starbucks bistro box, recalled. - STARBUCKS
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  • A Starbucks bistro box, recalled.

Last week 5,400 Starbucks stores took another baby step into the food market, introducing Bistro Boxes: savory meals like chicken and hummus, chipotle chicken wraps and sesame noodles with fewer than 500 calories.

Great news, right? Well, except for the meals that were recalled by the USDA yesterday.

Flying Food Group LLC, which sold Starbucks the chicken used in some of its bistro boxes, has recalled 204 pounds of ready-to-eat chicken for possible listeria contamination. The chicken was used in the chicken and hummus and chipotle chicken wrap boxes.

The bacteria was found during routine screening by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service and, so far, no illnesses have been reported. The chicken was used in meals at Starbucks locations in Georgia and Alabama.

Updated: Thursday, July 27 Yesterday Flying Food Group expanded this recall to include more ready-to-eat chicken, along with turkey, beef and pork. They've added 6,901 pounds of meat to the initial recall. This includes the original line of foods offered at Georgia and Alabama Starbucks locations, as well as other stores in Georgia.

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