The USDA has announced a huge recall on ready-t0-eat chicken products after listeria was found on some of them. It's time to go through your freezer and refrigerator to see if you have anything potentially contaminated.
Chicken is one of the most popular American meats, and freezers everywhere are stocked with it, prepared in a variety of ways. Chicken is generally safe to eat so long as it is fully cooked, but if listeria is found on any kind of food, it must be tossed immediately.
Unfortunately, food inspectors recently discovered just that.
The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service was recently notified that food inspectors in Canada had found Listeria monocytogenes in a sample of ready-to-eat chicken products. The contaminated poultry was produced by Tip Top Poultry, a Georgia-based chicken supplier to grocery stores and restaurants in both Canada and the USA.
Tip Top immediately recalled all cooked, diced or shredded, ready-to-eat chicken products produced from January 21, 2019 through September 24, 2019. The product codes affected by the recall range from 10000 to 19999 and 70000 to 79999.
The chicken supplier also added additional products to its initial recall, in order to exercise extra caution.
Cooked, diced, and shredded products are included in the recall. All specific products affected by the recall are listed on the USDA website. Retailers who sold affected products include Aldi, Trader Joe’s, Target, and Kroger. Inside the USDA mark of inspection, you will find “Est. P-17453” marked inside
Any possible listeria contamination should be taken very seriously. Listeriosis is a potentially life-threatening illness and pregnant women are especially vulnerable. The CDC estimates that, of the 1,600 people who get listeriosis each year, about 260 die.
Symptoms of listeriosis include fever, diarrhea, confusion, headaches, convulsions, and muscle pain. Listeriosis can be deadly, so head to the emergency room if you experience the above symptoms, especially if you have recently consumed ready-to-eat chicken or any raw meat.
If you have any recalled products, you may be able to get a refund from the store or the company.