The Listeria outbreak linked to Tyson pre-cooked chicken has ended with three illnesses and one death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Health officials used whole genome sequencing to establish that all three people were sickened by the identical strain of Listeria which was also found in two samples of pre-cooked chicken. The outbreak triggered a recall of 8.5 million pounds of Tyson cooked chicken products.
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Tyson Cooked Chicken Listeria Recalls
Tyson issued the recall after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA FSIS) used food purchase records from the long-term care facility and hospital where the outbreak patients ate the tainted chicken to trace back its source.
The agency determined that Tyson’s Dexter, MO “produced one of the products that tested positive for the outbreak strain, supplied product to another firm where a positive sample was collected, and distributed fully cooked chicken products to the long-term care facility and the hospital.”
The recalled Tyson products were sold nationwide under the brand names Casey’s General Store, Jet’s Pizza, Little Caesar’s Pizza, Marco Pizza, Tyson, and Tyson Red Label. A secondary recall for 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 was also issued.
Cooked Chicken Listeria Outbreak
Symptoms of a Listeria infection usually develop within two weeks of exposure to contaminated food, but sometimes they can take as long as 70 days to develop. These symptoms include high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, muscle aches, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.
The people sickened in this outbreak, who range in age from 60 to 95 years, reported the onset of illness on dates ranging from April 6, 2021, to June 5, 2021. All three patients were hospitalized. One illness was reported from Delaware, two illnesses -including the only fatality, were reported from Texas.
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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.