Tyson Foods recalls 8.5 million pounds of frozen chicken

Tyson Foods voluntarily recalled approximately 8.5 million pounds of frozen, fully cooked chicken.

(Courtesy Tyson Foods)
(Courtesy Tyson Foods)

Tyson Foods voluntarily recalled approximately 8.5 million pounds of frozen, fully cooked chicken. 

Tyson has been working closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) on this recall, and while there is no conclusive evidence that the products were contaminated at the time of shipment, the voluntary recall is being initiated out of an abundance of caution.

The affected products were produced at one plant located in Dexter, Missouri, between December 26 of 2020 and April 13 of 2021 and distributed to foodservice and retail customers nationwide and Puerto Rico. They are being recalled as a precaution due to possible exposure to Listeria monocytogenes, a harmful bacteria.  

The recall was initiated after FSIS was informed that two people had become ill with listeriosis. Working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state public health partners, FSIS determined there was evidence linking the illnesses to precooked chicken products from Tyson’s facility in Dexter.

“We’re committed to providing safe, healthy food that people rely on every day,” said Scott Brooks, senior vice president, food safety and quality assurance, Tyson Foods. “We are taking this precautionary step out of an abundance of caution and in keeping with our commitment to safety.”

Products included in this recall

The recall includes Tyson branded frozen, fully cooked products as well as private label products made for customers. These products were sold to foodservice and retail customers and distributed nationwide. Each package of the affected retail products has the establishment code P-7089.

A list of product labels for the impacted retail products are available for download and comprehensive list of all retail and foodservice products can be found online.

Only those products listed are being recalled. No other Tyson products are impacted by the recall, including but not limited to any Tyson brand fresh chicken; frozen, raw chicken products or chicken nuggets.

A list of retail stores that received the product will eventually be posted on USDA’s website. 

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