FSIS issues public health alert for ready-to-eat chicken Caesar salad due to poor branding and undeclared allergens

WASHINGTON, July 12, 2022 – The United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is issuing a public health alert over concerns that the salad dressing component of Ready-to-Eat (RTE) Chicken Caesar Salad may contain egg, a known allergen, which is not declared on the finished product label. FSIS is issuing this public health alert to ensure consumers with egg allergies are aware that these products should not be consumed. A recall was not requested as the products are no longer available for purchase.

Chicken Caesar salads were produced on July 5, 2022. The following products are subject to the public health alert [view labels]:

  • 9 oz. plastic clamshell containers of “TRADER JOE’S CAESAR SALAD WITH WHITE CHICKEN MEAT and Creamy Caesar Dressing” with best before dates of 11/7/22 and 12/7/22, and a lot code of GHNW 186-06.

The products bear the establishment number “P-46987” inside the USDA inspection mark. These items were shipped to Trader Joe’s locations in Idaho, Oregon and Washington.

The issue was discovered when the production facility informed FSIS that it had been informed by a store that the dressing packets in the Caesar salad product appeared to be incorrect. The dressing packets with the salad contain the sweet and spicy dressing and not the creamy Caesar dressing. These dressing packets are unlabeled and contain egg, which is not declared on the finished product packaging.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse effects due to the consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an illness should contact a health care provider.

FSIS has verified that the affected products are no longer available for sale, but is concerned that some products may be in consumers’ refrigerators. Consumers who have purchased these products are asked not to consume them. These products should be discarded or returned to the place of purchase.

Consumers with questions about the public health alert may contact GH Foods NW, LLC Customer Service at 888-449-9388. Members of the media with questions about the public health alert can contact Neila Alamo, GH Foods NW, LLC, at [email protected]

Consumers with questions about food safety can call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline toll-free at 888-MPHotline (888-674-6854) or chat live via Ask USDA 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Consumers can also browse food safety posts on Ask USDA or email a question to [email protected] For consumers who need to report a problem with a meat, poultry or egg product, the electronic online consumer complaint monitoring system is accessible 24 hours a day at https://foodcomplaint. fsis.usda.gov/eCCF/.

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