SPRINGDALE, Arkansas: Tyson Foods is recalling nearly 8.5 million pounds of chicken due to concerns about possible contamination, the company said in a statement on Saturday.
The chickens were processed at a Missouri plant between Dec 26, 2020 and April 13, 2021, according to the statement.
“While there is no conclusive evidence that the products were contaminated at the time of shipment, the voluntary recall is being initiated out of an abundance of caution,” Tyson said in a statement.
According to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service, officials fear the chicken could have been exposed to the listeria bacteria.
“The frozen, fully cooked chicken products were produced between December 26, 2020 and April 13, 2021,” the agency said in a statement.
“The products subject to recall are labeled with establishment number ‘EST. P-7089’ on the product bag or inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped nationwide to retailers and institutions, including hospitals, nursing facilities, restaurants, schools and Department of Defense locations,” the statement said.
Officials from the Food Safety and Inspection Service were notified on June 9 that two people became ill with listeriosis. Working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state public health organizations, the agencies sought to find evidence linking the illnesses to Tyson pre-cooked chicken products.
Consumers and businesses or institutions that may possess these products should throw them away or return them to the store where they were purchased, the agency said.