Possible Listeria contamination in ready-to-eat Tyson chicken products leads to huge recall


According to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), Tyson is recalling 8,492,832 pounds of its frozen, fully cooked chicken. These poultry products have been manufactured between December 26, 2020, and April 13, 2021, in a plant located at Dexter, Missouri, according to a company statement. The food might be contaminated with Listeria. The product recall was announced on Saturday night.


These frozen products have been shipped across the nation to:


  • Retailers
  • Restaurants
  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Nursing facilities
  • Department of Defense


Tyson sends its branded products to several restaurant chains. These chains have also been included in the recall:


  • Jet’s Pizza
  • Casey’s General Store
  • Marco’s Pizza
  • Little Caesars


The food products that are to be recalled belong to batch number “EST.P-7089” stamped on the bag or in the USDA inspection mark. The entire list of recalled products is available on the websites of the USDA and Tyson Foods.


The USDA FSIS said that two people were infected with Listeria, in Texas. An investigation also identified that there were totally three cases, with one death in Texas and an additional case in Delaware and all the cases were reported between April 5 and June 6.


The FSIS statement said that Listeria could cause fever, muscle aches, headaches, stiff neck, confusion, and loss of balance. Sometimes these symptoms are preceded by diarrhea and or other gastrointestinal symptoms.


The agency also said that consumers, businesses, or institutions should throw away these products if they had them in their freezers. They could also return them to the retail stores from where they had been bought.


In a news release, Scott Brooks, Tyson Foods’s senior vice president, food safety and quality assurance said that they had taken the precautionary step out of an abundance of caution and in keeping with their commitment to safety.


Tyson foods also said that they were working in tandem with the USDA. Although there was no conclusive evidence of contamination, they were voluntarily recalling the product as a cautionary measure. The company said that other Tyson products were not affected, and consumers could call their customer service representatives if they had questions related to the recall.

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