Tyson Foods Recalls 8.5 Million Pounds of Chicken Products Due to Listeria Outbreak

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Tyson Foods Recalls 8.5 Million Pounds of Chicken Products Due to Listeria Outbreak
  • The Tyson Foods company recalled approximately 8.5 million pounds of chicken products.
  • The measure was taken due to the risk of possible listeria contamination.
  • The outbreak has caused at least three sick people and one death.

If you have plans to eat chicken, double check. The Tyson Foods Company recalled approximately 8.5 million pounds of frozen cooked chicken products at risk of possible listeria contamination.

The company and the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture announced the recall on Saturday night that affects the entire country, due to an outbreak that has caused at least five sick people and one death, according to USA Today.

Tyson Foods orders recalls nationwide

Tyson Foods orders recall
Tyson Foods orders a recall of 8.5 million pounds of chicken. Photo: Twitter

The recall includes Tyson-brand products and private-label restaurant products, including Jet’s Pizza, Casey’s General Store, Marco’s Pizza and Little Caesars. The products were shipped to retailers and institutions, including hospitals, nursing facilities, restaurants, and schools.

“We are taking this step as a precaution and in accordance with our commitment to safety,” said Scott Brooks, senior vice president of food safety and quality assurance for Tyson Foods, in a press release.

Products affected were produced at a plant in Missouri

Tyson Foods orders recall
Tyson Foods orders a recall of 8.5 million pounds of chicken. Photo: Twitter

According to Tyson Foods, the affected products may have been contaminated at a plant located in Dexter, Missouri, between December 26 and April 13. Each package of recalled products has the establishment code P-7089.

The chicken company has not yet released a list of retailers that sold the affected products, but it is expected to be available on the USDA website in the future, according to Tyson’s press release.

Without conclusive evidence

Tyson Foods orders recall
Tyson Foods orders a recall of 8.5 million pounds of chicken. Photo: Twitter

The company said it has been working with the USDA on the recall and assured that “while there is no conclusive evidence that the products were contaminated at the time of shipment, the voluntary recall was initiated as a precaution.”

The USDA said that consumers should not eat the products and should throw them away or return them. The CDC advises companies not to serve or sell the recalled products.

No other Tyson products will be affected by the recall

Tyson Foods orders recall
Tyson Foods orders a recall of 8.5 million pounds of chicken. Photo: Twitter

“No other Tyson products will be affected by the recall, including but not limited to fresh Tyson brand chickens; frozen raw chicken products or chicken nuggets, ”the company said.

Consumers with questions about the recall can call or text 1-855-382-3101, the company said, noting that customer service representatives will be available Sunday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CDT.

Three sick people

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Tyson Foods orders a recall of 8.5 million pounds of chicken. Photo: Twitter

According to the CDC, the three people who were ill in this outbreak ate food served in a long-term care facility or hospital between April 6 and June 5. Two illnesses occurred in Texas and the other case in Delaware.

When two or more people contract “the same illness from the same contaminated food or drink, the event is called a foodborne illness outbreak,” the CDC reported, according to USA Today.

Listeria can cause serious symptoms

Listeria outbreak causes recall in the United States
Tyson Foods orders a recall of 8.5 million pounds of chicken. Photo: Twitter

Listeria is an illness that can cause common symptoms of food poisoning, such as diarrhea and fever, the CDC reported. But it can also cause a serious illness, known as invasive listeriosis, when the bacteria spread beyond the intestine to other parts of the body.

Symptoms of a serious illness usually begin one to four weeks after eating contaminated food, but symptoms can even begin up to 10 weeks after eating.

Higher risk cases

Chicken recalled from markets in supermarkets due to possible listeria contamination
Tyson Foods orders a recall of 8.5 million pounds of chicken. Photo: Shutterstock

For adults 65 and older, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems, the risk of severe listeria disease is much higher than under other circumstances, according to the CDC.

The following products sold in stores nationwide are included in the recall, including chicken distributed to restaurants and institutions, including hospitals, nursing facilities, restaurants, and schools.

Look up the affected product codes

Listeria outbreak causes recall in the United States
Tyson Foods orders a recall of 8.5 million pounds of chicken. Photo: Shutterstock

Look for product codes and date codes for the affected products in the list on the USDA: 20 oz bag Tyson Shredded Chicken Breast, fully cooked, skinless, skinless, with ribs, seasoned, smoked flavor added.

Tyson 22-ounce bag Fully Baked Diced Roast Chicken Breast – Boneless, skinless, with prime rib, seasoned; 12-ounce bag of Tyson Fully Cooked Fajita Chicken Breast Strips, Skinless, Boneless, with Rib Meat Smoke Flavor and Added Caramel Color.

Complete list

Tyson Foods orders a recall of 8.5 million pounds of chicken. Photo: Reform Agency

22 oz bag of Tyson Fully Cooked Chicken Breast Strips – boneless, skinless with ribs, seasoned smoky flavor. 12 oz bag Tyson Fully Cooked Baked Diced Chicken Breast – boneless and skinless with prime rib, seasoned.

Tyson 12-pound bag Fully cooked, boneless, skinless – Shredded chicken breasts with rib meat.
10 pound bag Jet’s Pizza – Fully cooked, fajita seasoned, boneless, skinless – Diced chicken breasts with rib meat. Check the full list here.

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