Chicken products sold at numerous retailers, including Aldi, Kroger, Trader Joe’s and Target have been recalled. This is actually an expansion of a previous recall, the Tip Top Poultry Inc. recall reported back in September 2019.
The newest expansion has traced that the potentially contaminated chicken could have been sold at many more retailers than originally thought.
Which Grocery Chains are Affected by this Recall?
The expansion of this recall means that it now covers food sold at Jersey Mike’s, Harris Teeter, King’s Supermarket, Piggly Wiggly, Food Lion, Aldi, Kroger, and numerous other chains. As this is a national recall, it’s important that you check all of the chicken you have recently purchased from your local grocery store.
More information on the exact numbers and names of chains the recall affects can be found at the FDA’s web page on the Tip Top Poultry recall. There, you can find a comprehensive list of the over 50 grocery chains that have been affected by this nationwide recall.
Why is Poultry Being Recalled?
The recall began when a third party test on Tip Top’s chicken products revealed that the items might have been contaminated with listeria.
In a statement, the USDA clarified the reasoning for the recall. “The problem was discovered when the firm notified FSIS that multiple samples of product produced by Tip Top Poultry, Inc. confirmed positive for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes after being tested in Canada,” states an official release from the USDA.
“Tip Top expanded the dates and the scope of the recall out of an abundance of caution.”
What is Listeria?
Listeria is a bacterium strain that can cause severe food poisoning in otherwise healthy adults. More pressingly, however, is listeria’s ability to seriously infect and even kill young children, older adults, and pregnant women.
Symptoms can include headaches, stomach problems, muscle aches and fevers in healthy individuals. In more extreme cases of infection, symptoms can include loss of balance, confusion and even convulsions in rare cases.
If you think you or someone in your family has contracted listeriosis you should see a doctor immediately. If the disease spreads to the nervous system it can be very deadly.