Tyson Expands Chicken Recall Linked To Deadly Food Poisoning Case

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Tyson has expanded a chicken recall after learning that at least one person died as a result of food poisoning. Impacted products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a pathogen associated with serious illnesses that may be especially dangerous to infants, the elderly, pregnant women, and those with compromised immune systems. 

Adding 500,000 pounds of chicken to the 8.5 million pounds of Tyson chicken recalled over the 4th of July weekend, the firm stated that all items were produced in the same Dexter, MO, facility between December 26, 2020 and April 13, 2021. 

At least 30 different chicken products were affected. 

Regulators Were The First To Learn Of Illnesses Associated With Tyson Chicken

In a press release, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported that it became aware of two people falling ill with listeriosis on June 9, 2021. This prompted a joint investigation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that uncovered another three cases of people getting sick after consuming chicken products. One of the victims died. 

On July 3, 2021, Tyson recalled 8,492,832 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken products. On July 8, the firm expanded the recall, adding 462,000 pounds of chicken items. These products were distributed to hospitals, grocery stores, schools, restaurants, long-term care facilities, and even the U.S. Department of Defense. 

The pre-cooked frozen chicken products were sold under the Tyson brand but other brands also carried Tyson’s chicken such as Jet’s Pizza, Little Caesars, Casey’s General Store, and Marco’s Pizza.

The majority of recalled products are 10-pound Tyson chicken bags, with some being sold in 12-ounce to 40-pound bags. 

What To Do If You Have Recalled Tyson Chicken Products 

The USDA is urging impacted consumers who might still have the recalled Tyson chicken products in their freezer to throw it out or return it to the place of purchase. 

If you have consumed one of the recalled products and you have symptoms such as fever, muscle aches, nausea, and diarrhea, seek medical care as soon as possible. 

To learn more about this recall, follow this link.