Tyson foods recalls 8.5 million pounds of chicken over bacteria concerns

Tyson foods, a multinational corporation based in the state of Arkansas is the second largest meat processor and marketer for chicken, beef, and pork.

On Saturday, July 3rd, Tyson foods released a tweet saying, “For the safety of consumers and their families, today we issued a voluntary recall for some fully cooked chicken products. It does not include chicken nuggets or fresh products. Please read our news release.”. John W. Tyson, the founder of Tyson foods, has teamed up with the United States department of agriculture USDA on this recall of 8.5 million pounds of meat.

The recall includes many nationwide companies, restaurants, hospitals, and more, according to Forbes. While there has been no provided evidence of the Tyson food’s products being contaminated, the call back of these products are being instigated out of cautiousness, however, FSIS has concluded that there is evidence of Listeria monocytogenes contamination in two pre cooked chickens after thoroughly examining them during their routine sample collection from two companies. One of these companies was Tyson foods.

“Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms,” the FSIS statement said. Those who have consumed possibly contaminated food and experience symptoms of Listeriosis should seek medical care, according to the CDC.

FSIS communicated to the consumers, businesses, and institutions that may have received these products to either throw them away or return them to the store where they were found and purchased. The affected products were produced at one plant located in Dexter, Missouri, between Dec. 26 and April 13. These products were sold and shipped to foodservice, retail customers and distributed nationwide as well as Puerto Rico. Each package of the affected retail products has the establishment code P-7089.



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