The list of stores impacted by the 9-million pound Tyson cooked chicken Listeria recall is 133 pages long and includes retailers in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia. The products including grilled chicken breasts, chicken strips, chicken wings, pulled chicken, diced chicken and prepared salads and wraps are being recalled in connection with a Listeria outbreak that includes three illnesses and one death.
Consumers who have these products in their freezers should not eat them as Listeria can cause serious illness and death. Among pregnant women, Listeria can cause miscarriage and stillbirth.
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Cooked Chicken Listeria Recall
The recall issued July 3, 2021, initially included 8.5 million pounds of cooked chicken products processed at Tyson’s plant in Dexter, MO. But it was was expanded 10 days later to include another half million pounds of products including chicken salad sandwiches, Caesar salads, and chef salads prepared by LSG Sky Chefs of Phoenix that were sold at Circle K stores in Arizona and Southern California.
In addition to Circle K, other brand names included in this recall are Casey’s General Store, Jet’s Pizza, Little Caesar’s Pizza, Marco Pizza, Tyson and Tyson Red Label. These products were sold nationwide.
The 133-page “retail distribution list” is attached to the recall announcement posted on the website for the U.S. Department of Agricultures’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS). Retailers that distributed these products nationally are: Amazon, Casey’s General Store, Dollar General, Kroger, Piggly Wiggly, Target, and Walmart.
With the exceptions of Connecticut and Rhode Island, each state also has a list of regional or local stores that are affected by the recall. The same is true for the U.S. Virgin Islands, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.
In addition to these retail locations, the recalled Tyson cooked chicken products were distributed to hospitals, nursing homes, restaurants, schools, and Department of Defense locations.
Cooked Chicken Listeria Outbreak
The cooked chicken Listeria outbreak associated with these products currently includes three cases among patients who range in age from 60 to 95 years. Two cases have been reported from Texas, one patient is from Delaware. All three were hospitalized. The fatality occurred in Texas.
The people sickened in this outbreak were served food containing the pre-cooked chicken at a nursing home or hospital. Health officials used Whole Genome Sequencing to identify the “fingerprint” of the outbreak strain of Listeria. Tests show all three people were sickened by a Listeria strain with a matching fingerprint to the Listeria found in two samples of pre-cooked chicken, one of which was processed at Tyson’s Dexter, MO facility.
Symptoms of a Listeria infection, called listeriosis, include high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, muscle aches, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Symptoms of listeriosis usually appear about two weeks after exposure to the contaminated food, but sometimes they can take as long as 70 days to develop.
Experienced Listeria Lawyers
If you were sickened in this outbreak or if your family experienced the wrongful death of a loved one and you would like to discuss your legal options, please contact our Listeria lawyers. Our Food Safety Team has more experience handling Listeria lawsuits than any other law firm in the country securing some of the largest Listeria settlements in U.S. history including a recent award of $6.4 million for neurologic injury from a contaminated deli product.