WASHINGTON—Tyson Foods, based in Springdale, Ark., is voluntarily recalling about 8.5 million pounds of ready-to-eat chicken products that may be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Serviceannounced Saturday.
The recall includes Tyson® branded frozen, fully cooked products, as well as private label products, sold to foodservice and retail customers and distributed across the U.S. Each package of the affected retail products has the establishment code P-7089 on the product bag or inside the USDA mark of inspection.
The chicken products were produced at a single plant in Dexter, Missouri, between December 26, 2020, and April 13, 2021. The products subject to recall are listed here. View the labels here.
On June 9, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) was notified that two people had become ill. Working in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state public health officials, FSIS discovered evidence linking the illnesses to precooked chicken produced at Tyson Foods. The investigation identified three listeriosis illnesses, including one death, between April 6, 2021, and June 5, 2021. FSIS continues working with federal and public health organizations to determine if there are additional cases linked to these products.
Tyson said there is no conclusive evidence that the products were contaminated at the time of shipment, and the voluntary recall is being initiated out of an abundance of caution. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website.
“We’re committed to providing safe, healthy food that people rely on every day,” said Scott Brooks, senior vice president, food safety and quality assurance, Tyson Foods, in a press statement. “We are taking this precautionary step out of an abundance of caution and in keeping with our commitment to safety.”
The company said no other Tyson products are impacted by the recall, including but not limited to any Tyson® brand fresh chicken; frozen, raw chicken products or chicken nuggets.
Consumers with questions should call or text (855) 382-3101. Tyson said customer service representatives will be available beginning Sunday through Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. CDT.
Consumption of food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, individuals with weakened immune systems and pregnant women and their newborns. Symptoms can include flu-like symptoms, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, convulsions, fever and/or muscle aches. Additional information on the investigation may be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.