The Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Saturday that Tyson Foods is recalling approximately 8.5 million pounds of ready-to-eat chicken products over concerns that they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
“We’re committed to providing safe, healthy food that people rely on every day,” said Scott Brooks, senior vice president of food safety and quality assurance at Tyson Foods, in a release. “We are taking this precautionary step out of an abundance of caution and in keeping with our commitment to safety.”
In a release, FSIS stated after conducting an epidemiologic investigation, it identified three cases of listeriosis — a “serious infection” that can cause fever, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms — between April 6 and June 5.
One of these illnesses resulted in death, the release stated.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the recalled products included frozen, fully cooked chicken strips; diced chicken; chicken wing sections and fully cooked pizza and chicken, sold under the brands Tyson, Jet’s Pizza, Casey’s General Store, Marco’s Pizza and Little Caesars. They had been shipped to hospitals, nursing facilities, restaurants, schools and Department of Defense locations.
According to the Tyson release, only the items on its recall list were impacted.
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Listeriosis more commonly impacts older adults and people with weakened immune systems. It also greatly impacts pregnant women and newborn children, as the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn.
The CDC is advising all businesses not to serve or sell recalled products and consumers not to eat recalled products, clean any surfaces that may have come into contact with the recalled products and call their health care provider right away if they experience any symptoms.
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