Chicken Recall for Potential Listeria
A large chicken distributor issued a voluntary recall due to possible Listeria contamination.
Tip Top Poultry issued a voluntary recall in September of all "cooked, hot deboned fowl meat" due to possible Listeria contamination. On Tuesday, the company expanded its recall to include additional products and retailers.
California stores affected include: Trader Joe's, Food 4 Less, and ALDI.
The original recall included ready-to-eat poultry products including frozen cooked, diced, or shredded chicken distributed by brands including Butterball, Perdue, and Sysco. It includes any products produced at their Rockmart, Georgia, facility between January 22, 2019 and September 24, 2019.
Some of the products that may be contaminated include:
- Trader Joe's Pesto Chicken Wrap
- Trader Joe's Field Fresh Chopped Salad with Chicken
- Trader Joe's Chicken Pot Pie
- Trader Joe's White Meat Chicken Salad
- Great Value Butter Chicken Spring Rolls
- San Luis Chicken Rice & Cheese Burrito
- Reser's Chicken Salad
- Country Maid Chicken Salad
- Deli Express Chicken Salad
- Market Sandwich Everything Bagel, Chicken Sandwich, and more
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Tip Top Poultry announced in a statement that it would be shutting down its poultry cooking line until the source of contamination has been identified and eliminated.
Consuming Listeria-contaminated food can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects pregnant women, people with weakened immune systems, newborns, and older adults. Symptoms include fever and diarrhea, muscle aches, and headache. If you think you may have consumed contaminated chicken, contact your doctor.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service has released a full list of possibly affected retailers in their updated recall alert. Their news release urges any consumer or institutions in possession of these products not to consume or serve them.
Any chicken product that falls under the recall should be thrown away or returned to the place where it was purchased.