Trader Joe’s Issues Food Recall (But I Still Swear By Their Lamb Vindaloo & Chicken Tikka Masala)

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

A quick safety note if you’ve got any Trader Joe’s Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice sitting in your freezer:


The grocery chain recently issued a recall on the product because it may be contaminated with Listeria.

I happened upon this article on Yahoo’s front page yesterday that has the details.

Additional details are available at

To Our Valued Customers in our CT, DE, FL, MA, ME, MD, NC, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, SC, VA & Washington DC stores:

We have been alerted by our supplier of Trader Joe’s Butter Chicken with Basmati Rice (sku 99032) that there is a possibility that product with a production date of “305 12″* may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

In accordance with our stringent health and safety standards, and out of the utmost caution and care for our customers, all code dates of this product have been removed from sale and destroyed. To date, we have received no confirmed reports of illness related to this product.

Customers who have purchased this item are urged to not eat it, and to dispose of it or return it to any Trader Joe’s for a full refund.

Customers with questions may contact Trader Joe’s Customer Relations at (626) 599-3817 [Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 5:00 pm Pacific Time].

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

*The production date stamped on the box is “305 12.” This is Julian date coding, which translates to product produced on “10-31-2012.”

I haven’t tried TJ’s Butter Chicken, but their Lamb Vindaloo and Chicken Tikka Masala get two thumbs up from me.

Generally speaking, I’m not a fan of frozen food. However, I’ve found these two “dishes” compare favorably with several delivery options near me. They’re only $3.99 each, they heat up in less than five minutes, and, I swear, they taste pretty good (and don’t have a lot of of unpronounceable ingredients).

I think they’re both a shockingly decent lazy alternative when you want to eat in a hurry.

Apparently I’m not alone — you can check out what the folks at think:

They give the Tikka Masala a 9.5/10. The Vindaloo comes in at 7.5/10, but that seems to be based on the fact they think the portion is on the small side.

Anyone else try either of these? I’m an unabashed fan.

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