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Chicken recall extended due to possible Listeria risk




The USDA has released a list of stores in several states affected by a recall of ready-to-eat chicken products related to Listeria concerns.

The stores include the Food Lion, Kroger and Aldi's chains, among many others. Here is the complete information from the USDA:

Tip Top Poultry, Inc., a Rockmart, Ga., Establishment, recalls an indefinite amount of ready-to-eat (RTE) poultry products that can be counterfeited with Listeria monocytogenes announced the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) today.

The frozen cooked, diced or shredded RTE chicken products were produced between January 21

, 2019 and September 24, 2019. The recovered products can be found in this worksheet. [View labels (PDF only)].

The products that can be recalled have establishment number "Est. P-17453" within the USDA control mark. These items were shipped to institutions across the country in the US and Canada (see recalled products distributed in Canada).

The problem was discovered when the company notified FSIS that several samples of the product manufactured by Tip Top Poultry, Inc. positively confirmed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes after being tested in Canada. The company decided to recall all prepared, diced or shredded RTE chicken products produced from January 21, 2019 through September 24, 2019 with product codes from 10000 to 19999 and 70000 to 79999. Tip Top extended the dates and scope of the recall out of a abundance of caution.

No side effects have been confirmed due to consumption of these products. Anyone who is concerned about an injury or illness should contact a health professional.

Consumption of food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, people with weakened immune systems, and pregnant and newborns. Rarely, people outside these risk groups are affected.

Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle pain, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and cramps sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. An invasive infection spreads throughout the gastrointestinal tract. In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature births or life-threatening infections in the newborn. In addition, severe and sometimes fatal infections in older adults and people with weakened immune systems. Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. Persons in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months of eating contaminated food should seek medical advice and tell health professionals about eating the contaminated food.

FSIS is concerned that some product may be in institutional and consumer refrigerators and freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are encouraged not to consume them, and institutions that have purchased these products are encouraged not to serve them. These products must be discarded or returned to the point of purchase.

FSIS routinely performs recall efficiency checks to verify that recall companies notify their customers of about the recall, and that measures are in place to ensure that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, a retail distribution list, if applicable, will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers and media with questions about recall may contact Garret Rutherford with Brand Apart at (404) 220-9618.

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