Tyson Recalls Around 8.5 Million Pounds Of Chicken Amidst Listeria Outbreak

Tyson chicken recall due to possible Listeria contamination Check your chicken and... [+] what might be on your pizza. (Photo by Getty) gettyAlthough it may not be Listeria monocytogenes, Tyson Foods, Inc. has recalled approximately 8,492,832 pounds worth of chicken products because they could have been contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.The recall covers frozen, fully-cooked, ready-to eat (RTE), chicken products manufactured between December 26, 2020 and April 13 2021, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service. RTE is the normal way to eat these products. If you don't like eating frozen chicken-sicle, you should defrost these chicken products before you consume them. The USDA FSIS announced Saturday that they had provided photos and a list of products that were being recalled. Look for the establishment number (EST). The P-7089 number may also be found on the product bag.The nearly 8.5 million pound of chicken products did not just go to one person. This would have been quite a lot of chicken for your salad or pizza. According to the USDA FSIS announcement, the chicken was distributed across the country to many retailers and institutions. It is noteworthy that the chicken was sent to schools, hospitals, and nursing facilities. Listeria is more likely in older people to cause invasive listeriais. Forbes has already written about how poopy this bacteria-cause fever and diarrhea can make you feel. While poopy feelings are not good (and I apologise for the poop), there is a greater risk of invasive listeria, which is when the bacteria invades your central nervous systems. There is a 20-30% chance of death from this bacteria. It can also cause complications during pregnancy.This is an example of the deadly pathogen.A 3D rendering from Listeria monocytogenes. This Gram-positive bacterium has flagella and causes food-borne infections listeriosis as well as meningitis or sepsis. (Photo by Getty) gettyThey look like hot dogs with spaghetti noodles boiled through them. But you don't want to eat this bacteria. You may not like hot dogs with spaghetti cooked through, but you can eat them.Listeria is the reason for recall, as I explained yesterday to Forbes. Three cases of Listeria infection were reported between April 6 and June 5 2021. This resulted in three hospitalizations, one death, and three other people being admitted to the hospital. While three cases might not seem like much, keep in mind that many cases of a disease outbreak may not be reported. It's not like the Centers for Disease Control Prevention can go door to door and ask everyone if they have ever had diarrhea. The USDA FSIS found Listeria monocytogenes within two precooked chicken samples. One of these was taken from Tyson Foods Inc. The Listeria's genetic makeup was similar to the bacteria that was found in those who were already ill.Tyson Foods, Inc. released yesterday's statement indicating that the voluntary recall was initiated from an excess of caution and not a small amount of caution. According to the statement, affected products were manufactured at one Dexter, Missouri plant between December 26th 2020 and April 13th 2021. Furthermore, there is no evidence that they were contaminated at shipment.Don't be afraid to return any products that are on the USDA FSIS recall lists. Return the product for a refund. Avoid getting sick. There are three ways to contact the USDA. The USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline can be reached at 1-888-MPHotline (1 888-674-6854). Their Ask USDA live chat is another option. It is open between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday. You can also email them at MPHotline@usda.gov. Remember that questions must be related to the recall or USDA. This is not the place to ask about chicken recipes or why the chicken crossed over.