The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has expanded a recall of ready-to-eat chicken products.
Last week, Tip Top Poultry, Inc. announced that it is recalling chicken products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes.
On Monday, Oct. 8, FSIS issued a second recall, warning that additional products have been added to the list of items subject to recall. Some of the products may have also been served from the deli counter at select grocery stores.
The frozen cooked, diced or shredded products being recalled were produced between Jan. 21 and Tuesday, Sept. 24 this year, with the establishment number “Est. P-17453” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The complete list of recalled items can be found here.
FSIS said that the problem was discovered when the company notified them of a positive test for Listeria. There have been no confirmed reports of any adverse reactions from consumers who ate the products.
According to health officials, consumption of food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. Less commonly, persons outside these risk groups are affected.
“Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms.
"An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract. In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn. In addition, serious and sometimes fatal infections in older adults and persons with weakened immune systems.”
Listeria strikes 1,600 U.S. citizens each year, killing around 260, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most people suffer only spiking fever, stomachaches, nausea, diarrhea, and headaches.
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