Fully cooked, ready to eat chicken can be a convenient way to add some protein to a meal, but if you have something in your fridge right now, you will want to check the label.
This is because nearly 9 million pounds (8,955,296 pounds, to be exact) of Tyson chicken products are part of a massive recall over concern that food may be counterfeit Listeria monocytogenes, according to US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Here’s what to know about the recall.
Which Tyson chicken products are part of the recall?
There are quite a few products included in the recall and the full list can be found at USDA website. The potentially contaminated objects have a few other things in common. All of them:
- Are frozen, fully cooked chicken products
- Produced between December 26, 2020 and April 13, 2021
- Has establishment number “EST. P-7089 ”on the product bag or inside the USDA inspection mark
The Tyson brand products were sold in retailers across the country, including Walmart, Target, Kroger, Publix HEB and Wegmans, USA Today reports. In addition, the recalled chicken is also sold at restaurants such as Jet’s Pizza, Casey’s General Store, Marco’s Pizza and Little Caesars.
ONEaccording to the USDA, apart from retailers and restaurants, Tyson chicken products were also shipped to institutions nation-wide, including hospitals, nursing facilities, schools and Ministry of Defense locations.
When someone got sick from the recalled chicken?
From July 9, 2021, it became The CDC has received reports of three people who became ill with listeriosis after eating the Tyson chicken and one died. Listeriosis is a serious infection that mainly affects people with weakened immune systems (because of age, illness or pregnancy) and can cause fever, muscle aches, headaches, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and seizures sometimes precede diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms, according to the USDA.
What should I do if you have purchased the recalled products
First of all, do not eat them. Either throw them away or ore returns them to the retailer where you purchased them for a refund.
Consumers with food safety questions can call the free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) or live chat via Ask the USDA from kl. 10 to kl. 18 (Eastern time) Monday to Friday. Consumers can also browse food safety messages on Ask the USDA or email a question to MPHotline@usda.gov.
For consumers who need to report a problem with a meat, poultry or egg product, you can access the online electronic monitoring system for consumer complaints 24 hours a day at https://foodcomplaint.fsis.usda.gov/eCCF/.