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Tyson Recalls About 8.5 Million Pounds of Frozen Chicken for Possible Listeria Contamination

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Tyson Foods is recalling about 8.5 million pounds of frozen and cooked chicken products over food poisoning concerns. The company and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have announced this recall because the products could possibly be contaminated with listeria.

According to a USA Today news report, the recall includes Tyson branded products and private-label products for restaurants including Jet’s Pizza, Casey’s General Store, Marco’s Pizza, and Little Caesars.

Illnesses and Death Reported

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a food safety alert saying the products, which were shipped nationwide to retailers and institutions including hospitals, nursing homes, restaurants, and schools, may be linked to a listeria outbreak that has caused three illnesses and one death. Representatives of Tyson said they were recalling these products “out of an abundance of caution.”

The affected poultry products, according to Tyson, were produced at one Missouri plant between Dec. 26 and April 13. Each package of the recalled products has the establishment code P-7089. The USDA is urging consumers not to eat the products. The chicken should either be thrown away or returned to the point of purchase. The CDC is also urging restaurants and other businesses to not serve or sell the recalled products.

The CDC says the three people who became ill in this outbreak ate foods served at a long-term facility or hospital between April 6 and June 5. Two illnesses were in Texas and the other case was in Delaware. According to the authority, when two or more people get the same illness from the same contaminated food or drink, the event is called a “food-borne disease outbreak.”

What to Do If You Have Been Sickened

Some of the common symptoms of listeria infections include high fever, severe headaches, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. The elderly, young children, and people with weak immune systems are more susceptible to severe infections. It could also cause stillbirths or miscarriages in pregnant women. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that about 1,600 illnesses and 260 deaths due to listeriosis occur each year in the United States.

If you or a loved one has become ill as a result of consuming food contaminated with listeria bacteria, it is important that you isolate and preserve the food so you can test it independently in a laboratory for the presence of pathogens.

If you are ill, get prompt medical attention. Insist on diagnostic tests to determine if you’ve suffered food poisoning. Save all your receipts and bills relating to emergency room care, hospitalization, medication, lab tests, and record of lost wages. Contact your local health care agency and file a report. An experienced California food poisoning lawyer will be able to advise you regarding your legal rights and options.


Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/food/2021/07/03/tyson-chicken-recall-precooked-chicken-possible-listeria-contamination/7856780002/

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