Tyson Foods recalls ready-to-eat chicken products over listeria concerns

Tyson Foods recalls ready-to-eat chicken products over listeria concerns
  • The company has recalled 8,492,832 pounds of ready-to-eat (RTE) chicken products
  • An epidemiologic investigation reveals that, of the three reported case, one person died due to potential listeria contamination

Tyson Foods, Inc., an American multinational corporation that operates in the food industry, has recalled more than 8 million pounds of RTE (ready-to-eat) chicken products. According to the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the United States Department of Agriculture, one person died due to potential listeria contamination in the chicken products.

A press release states that the frozen chicken was distributed by Tyson nationwide to merchants and organizations, including hospitals, nursing homes, restaurants, schools, and Department of Defense locations. It was manufactured between December 26, 2020, and April 13, 2021, and covers various products.

Among the list of products recalled include Tyson’s thoroughly cooked, skinless – pulled chicken breasts with rib meat, Little Caesars fully cooked chicken wing and Tyson cooked diced grilled chicken breast with rib meat. The recalled products come with an establishment number EST. P-7089 mentioned on the product bag or inside the USDA mark of inspection, according to the press release.

In the epidemiologic investigation, two patients with listeriosis were reported to the FSIS on June 9, 2021. The agency along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state public health partners found there was evidence that pre-cooked chicken made by Tyson Foods Inc was linked with Listeria monocytogenes illnesses.

Between April 6 and June 5, 2021, the epidemiologic investigation also revealed three listeriosis infections, one of which resulted in death.

Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) warned that listeriosis could cause fever, muscle pains, headaches, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions, preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms.