Tyson Foods recalls 8.5 million pounds of chicken products

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WASHINGTON — Tyson Foods Inc. has recalled about 8.5 million pounds of ready-to-eat  chicken products that might be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Friday.

The frozen, fully cooked chicken products were produced between Dec. 26, 2020 and April 13, 2021. The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. P-7089” on the product bag or inside the USDA mark of inspection.

The chicken was shipped nationwide to retailers and institutions, including hospitals, nursing facilities, restaurants, schools and Department of Defense locations.

The FSIS was notified June 9 of two persons ill with listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems and pregnant women and their newborns. Working in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state public health partners, FSIS determined there is evidence linking the Listeria monocytogenes illnesses to precooked chicken produced at Tyson Foods Inc.

The epidemiologic investigation identified three listeriosis illnesses, including one death, between April 6 and June 5. During routine sample collection, FSIS collected two precooked chicken samples from two establishments that were closely related genetically to Listeria monocytogenes from ill people. One of the samples was collected at Tyson Foods Inc.

The FSIS is continuing to work with federal and state public health partners to determine if there are additional illnesses linked to these products.

Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract. In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn.

In addition, serious and sometimes fatal infections occur in older adults and persons with weakened immune systems. Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. Persons in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell the health care provider about eating the contaminated food.

The FSIS said it is concerned that some product may be in consumer and institutional freezers. Consumers should not eat these products. Institutions should not serve these products. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website.

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