A recall of Tyson Foods frozen, fully cooked chicken products has been expanded to include nearly a half a million more pounds of products, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).
On July 3, a recall of Tyson chicken products from its plant in Dexter, Missouri, was recalled as a precaution due to possible exposure to Listeria monocytogenes. On July 8, FSIS updated that recall – which originally involved nearly 8.5 million pounds – to involve 8,955,296 pounds of product.
According to the updated FSIS notice, the recalled product names and product codes remain the same, and that while the product was distributed to schools, it resulted from a commercial sale and was not part of food provided by the USDA National School Lunch Program.
The Tyson chicken products were produced between December 26, 2020 and April 13, 2021 at the facility in Dexter. The products that are subject to recall are listed on the FSIS website. View the labels here.
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. P-7089” on the product bag or inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped nationwide to retailers and institutions, including hospitals, nursing facilities, restaurants, schools and U.S. Department of Defense locations.
On June 9, 2021, FSIS was notified of two people who had become ill with listeriosis. Working in conjunction with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state public health partners, FSIS determined there is evidence linking the Listeria monocytogenes illnesses to precooked chicken produced at the Tyson Foods facility. The epidemiologic investigation identified three listeriosis illnesses, including one death, between April 6, 2021 and June 5, 2021. During routine sample collection, FSIS collected two precooked chicken samples from two establishments that are closely related genetically to Listeria monocytogenes from ill people. One of the samples was collected at the Tyson Foods plant.
FSIS is continuing to work with federal and state public health partners to determine if there are additional illnesses linked to these products.