Tyson Foods recalls almost 4,500 tons of chicken products

Tyson Foods is recalling almost 4500 tons of ready-to-eat chicken products after finding the products may be tainted with listeria bacteria, federal officials announced Thursday.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the recall a month after two consumers reported falling ill with listeriosis. Further investigation revealed one death besides the two listeriosis cases traced to pre-cooked chicken produced by Dexter, Missouri-based Tyson Foods, according to a statement from the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

The recall involves three dozen products containing pre-cooked chicken marketed under the Tyson and other labels. A complete rundown of the products can be found here.

The recalled products bear establishment number “EST. P-7089” on the product bag or inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped nationwide to retailers and institutions, including hospitals, nursing facilities, restaurants, schools and military locations.

Listeriosis is a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, those with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. It causes fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms.

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 persons with weakened immune systems.

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2 thoughts on “Tyson Foods recalls almost 4,500 tons of chicken products

  1. How is it these plants aren’t required to test most/ all of their product before shipping? This is just the latest in a long series of problems.

    4,500 tons x 2,000 pounds/ton = 9,000,000 pounds of potentially tainted product. Someone is making a lousy cost/ benefit analysis of the cost to test and pay sick people – mind you, they are only concerned with what they’d have to pay people that figure out they got sick from this product. They don’t actually care one whit about the people getting sick, just the associated cost.

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