by The Chicago Times Staff

July 9, 2021

SPRINGDALE, AR — According to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, Tyson Foods is recalling another 500,000 pounds of chicken due to concerns that the meat may be contaminated with listeria.

According to the FSIS, the total amount of chicken products subject to recall has reached 8,955,296 pounds.  The massive recall comes after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in collaboration with state authorities, discovered that the poultry sickened three people, one of whom died.

Schools, nursing homes, hospitals, restaurants, various retailers, and Department of Defense locations all received potentially contaminated “ready-to-eat” chicken products.  The chicken products were commercially sold to schools and were not part of the USDA National School Lunch Program, according to the FSIS.

The recalled products, which were labeled with the establishment number “EST. P-7089,” were sold at Walmart, Target, Kroger, Publix, and H-E-B, among others.  Between December 26, 2020, and April 13, 2021, they were created.

Fajita Chicken Breast Strips, Oven Roasted Diced Chicken Breast, Pulled Chicken Breast, Pulled Chicken Breast, and Chicken Wing Sections are among the items available.  The full FSIS list of recalled Tyson products and labels can be found here.

Customers should check their freezers for potentially contaminated products, which they should discard or return to the store where they were purchased.

Listeriosis is a serious type of food poisoning that causes symptoms such as fever, diarrhea, confusion, loss of balance, muscle aches, and convulsions.  An infection in a pregnant woman can result in miscarriages, stillbirths, premature birth, or a life-threatening infection in the newborn.

Listeriosis can be fatal in the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.

See the full announcement on the FSIS website for more details.