Tyson Recalls 8.5 Million Pounds of Precooked Chicken for Listeria [Updated]

July 15th, 2021 Update: On July 8, 2021, Tyson expanded the recall to include a total of 8,955,296 pounds of cooked chicken products. On July 13, 2021, chicken products produced at a second establishment were added. The establishment number P-8947 and lot codes “8947 21 04” through “8947 21 120” appear on those products. In an “editor’s note” on the recall the USDA stated that it had “updated their alert to emphasize that affected Tyson products may have been used in additional products produced by other establishments and retailers as well as sold unlabeled at grocery and retail deli counters. Products may bear different establishment numbers on the label due to further processing.”

This post was originally published on July 4, 2021.

Tyson pre-cooked chicken is being recalled for Listeria in association with an outbreak that includes three illnesses and one death. The recall includes 8.5 million pounds of pre-cooked chicken produced between December 26, 2020, and April 13, 2021, and sold nationwide to retailers, hospitals, nursing homes, restaurants, schools, and Department of Defense locations. The establishment number P-7089, signifying Tyson’s facility in Dexter, MO, appears within the USDA mark of inspection.

Anyone who has these products in their freezers should not consume them as Listeria can cause serious illness and death. Among pregnant women, Listeria can cause miscarriage and stillbirth.

Some of the brand names included in the recall include Casey’s General Store, Jet’s Pizza, Little Caesar’s Pizza, Marco Pizza, Tyson, and Tyson Red Label. To see the long list of recalled products click here. Additional products sold at Circle-K stores can be identified by product labels here.

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Health officials used genetic testing to identify the “fingerprint” of the outbreak strain. Tests show all three people were sickened by the identical strain which has also been found in two samples of pre-cooked chicken, one of which was from Tyson Foods Inc. in Dexter, Mo.

The CDC says it’s likely that this outbreak includes illnesses that have yet to be confirmed. The three confirmed cases include patients who range in age from 60 to 95 years. All of them were served food containing the pre-cooked chicken at a nursing home or hospital.  Two cases have been reported from Texas, one case was reported from Delaware.  All three people were hospitalized, the fatality occurred in Texas.

Tyson cooked chicken Listeria recall

Symptoms of a Listeria infection include high fever, severe headache, stiff neck or other muscle stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.  Symptoms of listeriosis can take as long as 70 days to develop but usually appear about two weeks after exposure to the contaminated food.


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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.

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