Tyson Foods is one of the most popular big name food brands in the United States, coming in number two on the overall list in terms of total 2020 sales behind Pepsi Co., according to FoodProcessing.com.
But with that popularity has come immense public scrutiny among health and environmental advocates, particularly in reference to Tyson’s culpability in contributing greatly to the largest “dead zone” in North America due to its factory farmed food products.
Now, Tyson is under scrutiny for a recall over one of its most convenient, yet controversial food items: a type of chicken product that is mostly produced on large-scale farms that has been recalled due to contamination with one of the most potentially deadly forms of bacteria.
Over 4,000 Tons of Tyson Chicken Recalled After Three Illnesses, One Death
As noted in this article from the website LiveScience, a massive recall has been issued on Tyson chicken products after three illnesses and one death were linked to Listeria monocytogenes contamination, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS) Dexter, Missouri unit.
The recall includes frozen, fully cooked chicken products produced between December 26 of last year and April 13 of this year.
Products subject to recall include the establishment number “EST. P-7089,” shown on the product bag or inside the USDA’s mark of inspection, according to the article.
Making matters more complicated, the chicken products were shipped nationwide to retailers and institutions including hospitals, nursing facilities, restaurants, schools, and Department of Defense locations.
The first report of listeriosis illnesses occurred on June 9, 2021, after the FSIS determined that there is evidence linking the Listeria illnesses to pre-cooked Tyson Foods, Inc. products.
One death was allegedly recorded between April 6, 2021, and June 5, 2021 according to an epidemiologic investigation.
Two pre-cooked chicken samples closely related to Listeria monocytogenes were collected from ill people, and one of the samples was collected at Tyson Foods.
The FSIS is continuing to investigate whether or not there are any additional illnesses linked to these products.
“FSIS is concerned that some products may be in consumer and institutional freezers. Consumers should not eat these products,” the article stated.
“Institutions should not serve these products. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.”
Listeria contaminated food may not look or smell rotten or spoiled, but can still cause serious and sometimes life-threatening infections, the article added.
Recalls are fairly common from the Service, with pertinent information and breaking news routinely posted on its website at http://www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.
Healthy people rarely become ill due to Listeria poisoning according to the Mayo Clinic’s website, but the disease can be fatal to unborn babies, newborns and people with weakened immune systems, especially the elderly.
Prompt treatment with antibiotics can help curb the effects of the infection, the Clinic added.
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