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Chicken processing company Tip Top Poultry reminds the meat of stores over Listeria fear



At the end of September, Tip Top Poultry, Inc. issued a voluntary recall of all "cooked, hot boned chicken meat" due to possible Listeria contamination. On Tuesday, Tip Top expanded it to include additional products and retailers.
Stores affected include Kroger, ALDI, Food Lion and Piggly Wiggly.

The original recall included an undetermined amount of ready-to-eat chicken products, including frozen boiled, diced or shredded chicken distributed by brands including Butterball, Perdue and Sysco.

The recall includes all products manufactured at their Rockmart, Georgia, on January 22, 201

9 and September 24, 2019.

Tip Top Poultry announced in a statement that it would shut down the poultry chicken line until the source of pollution has become identified and eliminated.

"As a family business, we take food security seriously because it is so critical to our own families and friends' health and safety in addition to everyone who consumes our products," said owner Brad Respess in the statement.

Symptoms to watch for

Consumption of food contaminated with Listeria can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects pregnant women, people with weakened immune systems, newborns and older adults. A listeria infection can lead to brain or bloodstream infection and can be treated with antibiotics.
Symptoms of the infection include fever and diarrhea, muscle pain and headaches. If you think you may have consumed contaminated chicken, the Centers for Disease Control recommends that you consult a physician and notify them of any symptoms you may be experiencing.
U.S. The Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service has released a full list of possibly affected retailers in their updated recall notice. Their news release encourages consumers or institutions in possession of these products not to consume or serve them.

Any chicken product that falls under the recall should be discarded or returned to the place where it was purchased.


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