8.5M Pounds Of Tyson Chicken Recalled After One Death

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on July 3rd, 2021, that Tyson Foods Inc, a Dexter-established company, is recalling a large amount of its ready-to-eat (RTE) chicken products due to potential contamination with Listeria monocytogenes.

The approximative volume of recalled products is about 8,955,296 pounds.

The recalled products are frozen fully cooked chicken products, prepared between December 26th, 2020, and April 13th, 2021 by Tyson Foods Inc. They include frozen fully cooked chicken strips, diced chicken, chicken wings, and fully cooked pizza with chicken, according to AARP.

Recalled products’ labels (link) and recalled products’ lists (link) were published by the FSIS to help customers identify them.

For quick identification, all products with the number “EST. P-7089” on the product bag or inside the USDA mark of inspection are at risk of contamination with Listeria monocytogenes. 

The recalled ready-to-eat (RTE) chicken products were shipped all around the US to both retailers and institutions. This includes hospitals, nursing homes, schools, and restaurants.

It all started on June 9th, 2021, when the FSIS was notified of two people sick due to listeriosis. FSIS worked closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state public health partners to identify the cause.

The investigation concluded of evidence linking the Listeria monocytogenes illnesses to the precooked chicken produced at Tyson Foods Inc. It was able to identify three cases of listeriosis illness, including one death, between April 6, 2021, and June 5, 2021, and a contaminated sample collected at Tyson Foods Inc.

When contaminated with L. monocytogenes through food, people can suffer from listeriosis, a serious infection targeting older adults, people with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women.

According to The American College Of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), several pregnant women do not feel any symptoms from listeriosis. However, they still can pass the infection to their newborns.

Listeriosis can cause flu-like symptoms like fever, muscle pain, headaches, confusion, and loss of balance. They can appear 2 months after having been contaminated with L. monocytogenes through food.

If you bought the Tyson ready-to-eat chicken products, you will need to check if they are on the list of the recall products. If so, you can return them where you purchased them.

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