SPRINGDALE, ARKANSAS – On July 3, 2021, Tyson Foods, Inc. announced a recall of 8.5 million pounds of frozen, fully cooked chicken. Tyson Foods is working jointly with the United States Department of Agriculture concerning the recall. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, the Tyson products might be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes. An investigation revealed one fatality and three listeriosis illnesses between April 6, 2021, and June 5, 2021.
According to a press release, the recall was initiated out of an “abundance of caution” since there is no definitive evidence that the frozen, fully cooked chicken products were tainted at the point of shipment. The frozen chicken products were prepared between December 26, 2020, and April 13, 2021.
The Food Safety and Inspection Service was notified on June 9, 2021, of two consumers who became sick with listeriosis. The Food Safety and Inspection Service then concluded that there was evidence connecting the illnesses to frozen, pre-cooked chicken manufactured at Tyson Foods Inc.
The Tyson chicken products that are subject to recall have an establishment number “EST. P-7089” printed inside the USDA mark of inspection or on the product’s bag. The recalled food products were shipped throughout the United States, including institutions, retailers, restaurants, hospitals, schools, nursing facilities, and the Department of Defense.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, individuals with newborns, pregnant women, weak immune systems, and people 65 years old or older are at most risk. The symptoms of listeria infections include muscle aches, fever, headache, confusion, stiff neck, loss of balance, convulsions, or death. In expectant mothers, a listeria infection could cause premature birth or pregnancy loss. Listeria infections in newborns could result in severe illness or death. Medically compromised people who exhibit flu-like symptoms within two months of eating suspected contaminated food should seek medical attention. Listeriosis is treatable with antibiotics.
Consumers should refrain from eating any of the recalled products, and they should throw them away or return them to where the place of purchase.
Click here for Tyson’s complete list of recalled products and view the labels.
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