(NewsNation Now) — Nearly 8.5 million pounds of ready-to-eat Tyson-brand chicken products were recalled because of a potential listeria contamination, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.
An investigation uncovered three listeriosis illnesses, including one death, between April 6, 2021, and June 5, 2021.
The chicken products are sold frozen and were produced between late December 2020 and April 2021 under establishment number P-7089. The number can be found on the bag or inside the USDA mark of inspection.
The FSIS was notified on June 9, 2021, of two people who had become ill with listeriosis. FSIS then determined there was evidence linking the illnesses to pre-cooked chicken produced at Tyson Foods Inc.
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, listeriosis risk is higher in people 65 years or older, people with weakened immune systems and pregnant women and their newborns. Symptoms of infection include fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions or even death. In pregnant women, the infection can cause pregnancy loss or premature birth. Infection in newborns can lead to serious illness or death.
Higher-risk people who develop flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care. Listeriosis can be treated with antibiotics.
Those were shipped nationwide to grocery stores, restaurants and schools, along with other sites. Products were sold under many brands including Tyson, Jet’s Pizza, Casey’s General Store, Marco’s Pizza, and Little Caesars.
Retailers were ordered not to serve or sell the chicken. Consumers are told not to eat it.