Tyson Foods, Inc., based in Dexter, Mo., is voluntarily recalling approximately 8.5 million pounds of ready-to-eat chicken products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, according to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). Tyson has been working closely with USDA on this recall, and while the company says there is no conclusive evidence that the products were contaminated at the time of shipment, the recall is being initiated out of an abundance of caution.
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. P-7089” on the product bag or inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped nationwide to retailers and institutions, including hospitals, nursing facilities, restaurants, and schools.
On June 9, 2021, FSIS was notified of two people who were sick with listeriosis. Working in conjunction with the CDC and state public health partners, FSIS determined there is evidence linking the Listeria monocytogenes illnesses to precooked chicken produced at Tyson Foods.
The epidemiologic investigation identified three listeriosis illnesses, including one death, between April 6, 2021, and June 5, 2021. During routine sample collection, FSIS collected two precooked chicken samples from two establishments that are closely related genetically to Listeria monocytogenes from sick people. One of the samples was collected at Tyson Foods.
USDA is continuing to work with federal and state public health partners to determine if there are additional illnesses linked to these products.