Chicken products have been recalled at more than 50 grocery store chains across the U.S. for possible listeria contamination.
The chicken, by Tip Top Poultry Inc., were originally recalled in September and include cooked, frozen, diced or shredded chicken, which were sold under various brands at major grocery stores like Trader Joe's and Target. On Tuesday, Oct. 9, the recall was expanded to include other chicken products—some possibly served from the deli counter in grocery stores—at Kroger, Aldi, Piggly Wiggly, Food Lion, Giant Supermarket, Kings Supermarket, Harris Teeter, Jersey Mike's and more, according to the USDA.
The products were produced and sold from Jan. 21 through Sept. 24 of this year, but luckily, it seems that no one has reported any illness or adverse reactions to consuming the chicken.
"The problem was discovered when the firm notified FSIS that multiple samples of product produced by Tip Top Poultry, Inc. confirmed positive for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes after being tested in Canada," said the USDA in a press release. "Tip Top expanded the dates and the scope of the recall out of an abundance of caution."
You can check the list of product codes and the dates of contaminated products here.
Food contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, an infection that can cause fever, muscle aches, headaches and gastrointestinal issues, or in more serious cases, should the infection spread to the nervous system, cause loss of balance, confusion and even convulsions. According to the Cleveland Clinic, symptoms can appear 24 hours to four weeks after eating contaminated food, but sometimes even as as far out as 70 days later.
While anyone is susceptible to listeriosis, those most at-risk include older adults, pregnant women, unborn babies and those with weakened immune systems.
If you're concerned or think you may have listeriosis, you should see your doctor right away. And, of course, be proactive in checking your refrigerator or freezer for potentially contaminated products. Those affected should be thrown away or returned.