The Agricultural Department has released a statement saying that 8.5 million pounds of frozen cooked chicken are being recalled by Tyson Foods. The chicken is potentially contaminated with listeria and was voluntarily taken off the shelves by the meat corporation.

On June 9th, 2021, two cases of listeriosis were reported to the Agricultural Department and were linked to Tyson Foods frozen chicken. After further investigation, the number of confirmed cases rose to three and also included one death. 

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Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria that causes listeriosis infection. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, listeria is a foodborne germ, and symptoms of being infected by it include fatigue, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, loss of balance, fever, and even convulsions. Symptoms of listeriosis typically take one to four weeks to appear. 

According to the Agricultural Department, the Tyson Foods chicken being recalled was produced from December 26, 2020, to April 13, 2021, and had been stocked in retailers and institutions around the United States “including hospitals, nursing facilities, restaurants, schools and Department of Defense locations.” 

The department has classified this recall as “Class 1 – High” because of how serious listeriosis is. The recalled cooked chicken products include pizza, chicken strips, and pulled chicken breasts. Tyson Foods owns and operates under several brand names, the brands of the potentially infected products being recalled include Tyson, Jet’s Pizza, Casey General Store.

Customers can look for the “establishment code” P-7089 printed on the recalled products’ packaging. The Agricultural Department highly encourages customers to throw away or return any recalled chicken products because of how dangerous the potential listeriosis infection can be. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention explains that listeriosis is especially dangerous for adults over 65, pregnant women, and people with compromised immune systems. 

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Scott Brooks, the senior vice president for food safety and quality assurance at Tyson Foods has come out in a statement saying, “We’re committed to providing safe, healthy food that people rely on every day. We are taking this precautionary step out of an abundance of caution and in keeping with our commitment to safety.”

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