As our culture grows increasingly aware of how chicken is processed as food, it's also important to highlight the prevalence of food safety concerns from raw chicken. Chicken is a leading cause of foodborne illness, as illustrated in last weekend's emergency recall of 8.5 million pounds of Tyson chicken over the July 4th holiday. Now, the Tyson chicken recall has been expanded even wider to include an additional 500,000 pounds of chicken for a total of 30 Tyson products that were distributed to food businesses across the country. Here's what you need to know.
According to their website, the Tyson Foods corporation is "the world's second largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef, and pork." One of the issues with that distinction is that producing, distributing, and licensing mass amounts of food—namely, a common food poisoning threat such as chicken—comes with some risk. That was clear on July 3, when Tyson issued a recall of what Self reports was 8,492,832 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat chicken products.
Then on Thursday, July 8, the recall was updated to include an additional 462,000 pounds of chicken for a total of 8,955,296 of recalled Tyson products that were reportedly distributed to schools, hospitals, grocery stores, restaurants, longterm care facilities, and U.S. Department of Defense locations. These included 30 products manufactured between December 26, 2020, and April 13, 2021 and sold under the Tyson label, and others—per Self:
There are 30 different Tyson-made products covered by the recall. They are all precooked frozen chicken products (including diced chicken, chicken strips, chicken wings, pulled chicken, and chicken pizza). Nearly all of the items were for sale under the Tyson brand name, but the recall also includes products from other brands that contain chicken produced by Tyson. The other brands are Casey's General Store, Jet's Pizza, Little Caesars, and Marco's Pizza. While almost half of all the recalled products are 10-pound bags of Tyson chicken, the recalled packages range in weight from 12 ounces to 40 pounds.
The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) initiated an investigation after two cases of food poisoning—specifically, listeriosis—were brought to the agency's attention in early June. Since then, an additional case was reported. Evidently all three cases were admitted for hospitalization, while one individual died from the illness. It's said that all three ate food that was served at hospitals or longterm care facilities.
Self also says that FSIS advises anyone who discovers products connected to the Tyson chicken recall in their home to either return it to the place of purchase, or dispose of it.
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