Tyson Foods is recalling approximately 8.5 million pounds of frozen, cooked chicken products for potential listeria contamination.
The company and the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the withdrawal Saturday night.
The attraction includes Tyson branded products and private label products for restaurants, which include Jet’s Pizza, Casey’s General Store, Marco’s Pizza and Little Caesars.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also issued a food safety alert saying products – which were shipped nationwide to retailers and institutions, including hospitals, nursing homes, restaurants and schools – could are associated with a listeria outbreak that has caused three diseases and one death. .
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“We are taking this preliminary step out of a plethora of care and in line with our commitment to safety,” Scott Brooks, senior vice president of Tyson Foods, food safety and quality assurance, said in a press release.
According to Tyson Foods, the affected products were produced at a factory located in Dexter, Missouri, between December 26 and April 13.
A list of retailers that have sold the affected products was not available on Saturday and will be posted on the USDA website in the future, according to a Tyson news release.
The company said it had worked with the USDA on the withdrawal and said “while there is no conclusive evidence that the products were contaminated at the time of shipment, voluntary withdrawal is being initiated out of an abundance of caution”.
Each package of recalled products has the placement code P-7089. A full list of recalled products has been posted on the USDA website and Tysonfoods.com.
The USDA said consumers should not eat the products and should throw them away or return them. The CDC advises businesses not to serve or sell the recalled products.
“No other Tyson product is affected by the withdrawal, including but not limited to any Tyson brand fresh chicken; frozen, raw chicken products or chicken pieces,” the company said.
According to the CDC, listeria can cause common symptoms of food poisoning, such as diarrhea and fever. But it can also cause serious illness, known as invasive listeriosis, when bacteria spread beyond the gut to other parts of the body.
Adults 65 or older, pregnant women and people with weakened immune systems are at higher risk for serious listeria disease, says the CDC.
Customers with withdrawal questions can call or write to 1-855-382-3101, the company said, noting that customer service representatives will be available from Sunday to Friday from 8am until 5 pm CDT.
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