Tyson Foods is recalling approximately 33,840 pounds of chicken that may be contaminated with salmonella.
The USDA said in a news release that the mechanically separated chicken products were produced on Oct. 11, 2013. The products subject to recall are 40-poun cases containing four “chubs of Tyson mechanically separated chicken.
The recalled products bear the establishment number “P-13556” inside the USDA mark of inspection with case code 2843SDL1412 – 18. These products were shipped nationwide for institutional use only. They are not available for purchase in retail stores.
Officials were notified of a Salmonella Heidelberg cluster of illnesses on Dec. 12, 2013. Working in conjunction with the Tennessee Department of Health, Food and Safety Inspection Services determined that there is a link between the chicken and the illness cluster in a Tennessee correctional facility. Seven people at the facility have been hospitalized.
Eating food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial food borne illnesses. The most common symptoms are diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the contaminated product. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. Most people recover without treatment.
Older adults, infants, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness. Individuals concerned about an illness should contact their health care provider.
Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Tyson Foods’ consumer relations department at 866-886-8456.
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