Tyson Foods chicken recall expands to nearly 9 million pounds due to listeria risk

Tyson Foods is adding over 450,000 pounds of its poultry products to an already existing recall involving 8.5mn pounds of possibly contaminated poultry products due to listeria.

The recall involves ready-to-cook poultry products like diced chicken, pizza with chicken and chicken strips that are shipped nationwide to restaurants, military bases, hospitals, schools and retailers, as per a notice issued by the Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service of the US.

A potential listeria outbreak associated with the Tyson poultry products has caused death of one person in Texas as well as sickened two other people in Delaware and Texas, as per the CDC.

Notably, listeriosis is a fatal infection that majorly affects elder adults, people having a weak immune systems, newborns and pregnant women, as per the CDC. The symptoms include muscle aches, stiff neck, headache, fever, loss of balance, convulsions and confusion preceded by other kinds of gastrointestinal symptoms.

Around 1,600 Americans get infected with listeriosis every year and nearly 260 die, shows the CDC data.

Produced between 26 Dec, 2020 and 13 Apr, 2021, the recalled poultry products from Tyson have the tag ‘EST. P-7089’ on their product packet or within the USDA inspection mark, as per the FSIS.

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