Listeria outbreaks in Canada and the U.S. have triggered a number of recalls for diced, cooked, chicken distributed to retailers and foodservice clients including hospitals, hotels, restaurants, cafeterias and nursing homes. Genetic tests show that the Listeria outbreak strain in Canada closely resembles the outbreak strain in the U.S. suggesting the outbreaks share a common source.

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 Canadian health officials were first to discover the outbreak which includes seven confirmed cases in that county. They have identified Rosemount brand cooked, diced chicken as the source of those illnesses.

On August 18, 2019, Rosemount Sales and Marketing of Waterloo, Ontario issued a recall for chicken possibly contaminated with Listeria. The recalled products, packaged on January 21, 2019, were shipped to hotels, restaurants, cafeterias, hospitals and nursing homes in Canada

But tests performed by Canadian health officials on other chicken products have also tested positive for Listeria including chicken products distributed to foodservice clients in the U.S.

On August 20, 2019, Tip Top Poultry, Inc. of  Rockmart, Ga. issued a recall for frozen, diced cooked chicken potentially contaminated with Listeria. The Tip Top chicken recall includes 135,810 pounds of chicken packed on January 21, 2019 and sold to hotels and restaurants in the U.S. under the brand names Tip Top, Perdue, Gordon, West Creek, Sysco.

On August 21, 2019, Reuven International Ltd. of Toronto, Ontario issued a recall for chicken products potentially contaminated with Listeria. The recall includes diced cooked chicken meat sold under the Reuven brand name and shredded cooked chicken meat sold under the Sysco brand name. Both brands of recalled chicken were packed on January 21, 2019.

On August 23, 2019, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a Listeria outbreak in the U.S. that has sickened 24 people, killing two of them. In the announcement, the agency said a specific source of has not been identified and its investigation is ongoing.

On August 23, 2019, Rosemount expanded its recall to include a dark meat product, also packed on January 21, 2019, and distributed in Canada.

Fred Pritzker
Attorney Fred Pritzker

“One thing investigators are likely looking at is that all of these recalls in both countries share a common “packed on” date,” said noted Listeria lawyer Fred Pritzker. As founder of Pritzker Hageman, one of the leading food safety law firms in the country, Pritzker and his Listeria Team have represented clients nationwide who were seriously injured and families who suffered the wrongful death of a loved one. To contact at 1 (888) 377-8900, text 612-261-0856 or use the form below.

Chicken Listeria Recalls

  • August 18, 2019, Rosemount chicken recall
  • August 20, 2019, Tip Top Poultry Inc. chicken recall
  • August 21, 2019, Reuven International chicken recall
  • August 23, 2018, Rosemount expanded chicken recall
  • September 28, 2019, Tip Top Poultry Inc. expanded chicken recall for cooked chicken sold under a variety of brand names including Butterball, Perdue, Sysco, West Creek, Tip Top, R.W. Zant Co., Delizous Farms, Clean Eatz Café and GFS.
  • October 1, 2019, Northern Tier Bakery for products sold under the brand names SuperMom’s and Hometown Kitchen.
  • October 2, 2019, Mrs. Stratton’s Salads Inc. for products sold under the brand names Mrs. Stratton’s, Piggly Wiggly, Sneaky Pete’s, Laura Lynn, Ballard’s Supreme, Fresh Buy, Star, Star Private Stock, Star Classic, IGA, Five Points, Grand Strand and Carlie C’s.
  • October 2, 2019, E.A. Sween’s of Eden Prairie, MN for products sold under the brand names Deli Express, Market Sandwich, Archer Farms, Good to Go and Kum & Go.
  • October 2, 2019, Coburn’s Inc. of for products sold from the deli counter and self-serve deli areas of its Coborn’s and Cash Wise stores in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota;  and its Marketplace Foods stores in Western Wisconsin.
  • October 2, 2019, Lipari Foods of Warren MI for products sold under the brand names Lipari, Premo and Fresh Grab.
  • October 4, 2019 Grand Strand Sandwich Co. for products sold under the brand names Lunch Box and Fresh and Local sold in North and South Carolina.
  • On October 9, 2019, Jumbo Foods of Mukilteo, WA for products sold under the brand name Tuscan Sun at foodservice and grocery stores in Arizona, California, Nevada, North Carolina, Oregon, Utah, Virginia, and Washington.

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