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Tyson Foods Recalls 8.5 Million Pounds Of Chicken Over Listeria Concerns

Images of food products affected by a July 1, 2021 recall issued by Tyson Foods, Inc.

SPRINGDALE, Ark. – Tyson Foods Inc., one of the largest food manufacturers in the country, is recalling more than 8-million of pounds of chicken products after illnesses and one death linked to Listeria.

On Sunday, the US Department of Agriculture issued a press release. It states the frozen, fully cooked chicken products were produced between December 26, 2020 and April 13, 2021. 

In its own press release, Tyson Foods says the products were sold nationwide and in Puerto Rico.  Each package of the affected retail products has the establishment code P-7089. Click here to see the different food labels affected.  The types of foods affected include cooked chicken strips, diced chicken, chicken wing sections, and fully cooked pizza with chicken. They were sold under brand names such as Tyson, Jet’s Pizza, Casey’s General Store, Marco’s Pizza, and Little Caesars.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a Listeria outbreak linked to the chicken are related to illnesses and one death. Listeria can cause severe illness when the bacteria spread beyond the gut to other parts of the body. People who are pregnant, over the age of 65 or living with weakened immune systems are at higher risk for severe illness from Listeria.

The USDA advises that if you have the chicken products that you discard them or return them to the place where they were purchased. You’re also advised clean the refrigerator or surfaces after removing the products because Listeria can easily spread to other foods.

Consumers with questions should call or text 855-382-3101.

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Reginald Hardwick

Reginald Hardwick is the News & Public Affairs Director for the Illinois Newsroom. He started at WILL in October of 2019 after serving as News Director for WKAR in East Lansing, Michigan. Previously, he was a news producer and manager at the NBC station in Dallas, where he won 7 Emmy awards. Born in Vietnam, Reginald is a graduate of the University of Northern Colorado. Email: rh14@illinois.edu Twitter: @RNewsWILL

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