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Tyson Foods recalls more than 4,200 tons of chicken over suspected Listeria contamination


Tyson Foods, Inc., of Dexter, Missouri, has recalled 8,492,832 pounds – more than 4,200 tons, of ready-to-eat chicken products produced between December 26, 2020, and April 13, 2021, due to concerns about potential Listeria monocytogenes contamination.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the recall late Saturday.

Thirty different products, packaged in bags weighing between 12 ounces and nearly 40 pounds, are subject to the recall. A full list of the recalled products is attached below this article.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. P-7089” on the product bag or inside the USDA mark of inspection and were shipped nationwide to stores and institutions, including hospitals, nursing facilities, restaurants, schools and Department of Defense locations.

June 9, 2021, FSIS was notified of two people who were sick with listeriosis. Working in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state public health partners, FSIS determined there is evidence linking the Listeria monocytogenes illnesses to pre-cooked chicken produced by Tyson.

The investigation identified three listeriosis illnesses, including one death, between April 6 and June 5, 2021. During routine sample collection, FSIS collected two precooked chicken samples from two places that are closely related genetically to Listeria monocytogenes from ill people. One of the samples was collected at Tyson Foods Inc.

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

Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. People outside these risk groups are less frequently affected.

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 in older adults and people with weakened immune systems are possible.

Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. People 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.

FSIS says people should not eat the recalled products and should check their freezers for any items on the recall list. The products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

People with food safety questions can call the toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 888-MPHotline (888-674-6854) or live chat via Ask USDA from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday.