A possible listeria outbreak – exposure to Listeria monocytogenes, which is a harmful bacteria- forced Tyson Foods into recalling nearly 8.5 million pounds of chicken with the company saying in a statement that the recall is issued as a precaution.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), its Food Safety and Inspection Service was notified on June 9 of two people sick with listeriosis, an infection caused by listeria spreading beyond the gut to other parts of the body.
USDA service established that there was evidence of listeria monocytogenes in precooked chicken produced at Tyson Foods with the epidemiological investigation identifying three listeriosis cases, including one death, between April 6 and June 5.
According to the CDCP, the severe illness’ symptoms – headache, stiff neck, confusion loss of balance and convulsions, fever and muscle aches- caused by Listeria start one to four weeks after eating contaminated food, though symptoms can start as late as 10 weeks after infection.
Consumers were advised by USDA not eat the frozen products produced between Dec. 26, 2020 and April 13, 2021, and institutions – including hospitals, schools and Department of Defense locations- are instructed not to serve the product.