There’s been yet another recall for Tyson food products for listeria concerns. The recent recall is extremely sweeping, covering an eye-watering 8.5 million pounds of frozen food products potentially contaminated with the bacteria.
Tyson Foods executive Scott Brooks issued a statement regarding the recall, saying “We are taking this precautionary step out of an abundance of caution and in keeping with our commitment to safety.”
Listeria is a type of bacterium that can be found in some food products if they’ve been improperly stored. The bacterium is able to survive in extremely cold temperatures, making it particularly problematic for frozen food products.
If people ingest foods contaminated with listeria, they can become very sick. The bacteria can cause symptoms including abdominal pain, nausea, diarrhea, fatigue, headaches, vomiting, muscle aches and pains, and fever. Should the infection spread beyond the digestive system, symptoms such as muscle stiffness, confusion, loss of balance, and even convulsions could occur.
Those at the highest risk of complications from a listeria infection are pregnant women, older adults, and young children. People with weakened immune systems could develop life-threatening complications as a result of listeriosis, the illness caused by a listeria infection.
The recalled chicken products were sold at retailers like Publix, Walmart, and Wegmans. Some restaurants, like Little Caesar’s, Jet’s Pizza, and Marco’s Pizza also order industrial quantities of the type of Tyson chicken that has been recalled. As such, customers are urged to avoid chicken from these stores until the recall is completed.
If you believe you’ve purchased a recalled item, you are encouraged to discard it immediately or to return it to the retailer you purchased it from. If you return the item to where you bought it, along with the receipt, you will likely be able to seek a refund for the full purchase price.
The recall in question affects products shipped nationwide, making it an extremely sweeping recall notice. According to the CDC, the products could be the cause of a recent listeria outbreak that has led to at least three illnesses and one death as of the time of this writing.
According to Tyson, the recall affects chicken products manufactured at a plant in Dexter, Missouri. The manufacturing of these products took place between December 26, 2020, and April 13, 2021. Tyson has maintained that the products in the recall were not contaminated at the time of shipment, but that they’re initiating the recall out of “an abundance of caution”.