Tyson Chicken: Contamination Death Results in Recall of Around 10 Million Pounds of Chicken

by Emily Morgan
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During your July 4th celebration, you may want to reach for a hot dog instead of chicken after we tell you about Tyson’s latest recall.

Recently, big brand chicken company, Tyson Foods, recalled almost 8.5 million pounds of frozen chicken products. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food and Safety Inspection Service, the recall was due to potential contamination of Listeria monocytogenes. They announced the news on Saturday.

The agency found three cases of listeriosis illnesses tied to the contamination earlier in 2021. They also discovered that the illness did lead to one fatality. The chicken products recalled were made between December 26, 2020, and April 13 of this year.

Months later, on June 9, the agency discovered that two people fell sick with the serious infection. After an investigation from the FSIS, and the CDC, they found that Tyson’s products were linked to the illnesses.

From April 6 to June 5, the investigation found three cases linked to the company’s products. Of the three individuals who got sick, one of them passed away.

The recalled products now have the distinguishing number “EST. P-7089” on the product bag or in the USDA inspection mark to indicate the recall. Locations like hospitals, nursing facilities, restaurants, schools, and Department of Defense locations, received some recalled products.

The recall also includes Tyson branded products for Jet’s Pizza, Casey’s General Store, Marco’s Pizza, and Little Caesars.

Tyson Chicken Urges Customers to Throw Out Contaminated Products

Upon discovery of the illnesses, the agency later put out a statement. “FSIS is concerned that some products may be in consumer and institutional freezers. Consumers should not eat these products. Institutions should not serve these products.” The USDA encouraged customers to discard the recalled products. They also asked that they return them to where the customers purchased the products.

If you eat food contaminated with the bacteria, you can contract listeriosis. The dangerous disease is especially harmful to older adults, people with weak immune systems, pregnant women, and newborns.

Side effects of the illness include fever, muscle aches, headaches, a stiff neck, loss of balance, and confusion. If you’re pregnant with the illness, it can also lead to miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery, or fatal infection for the newborn.

“Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics,” the USDA added in their statement. “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.”

“We are taking this precautionary step out of an abundance of caution and in keeping with our commitment to safety,” said Scott Brooks, Tyson Foods senior vice president, food safety and quality assurance.

You can find the USDA’s complete list of recalled Tyson products by clicking here.

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