Tyson Foods Chicken Product Recall [US]

US FlagUS/Washington: Tyson Foods recalls approximately 33,840 pounds of Mechanically Separated Chicken Products due to Salmonella Heidelberg hazard. USDA: http://ht.ly/suGKA

Direct link: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2014/recall-001-2014-release

Additional information:
The United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) reports following Chicken Products are subject to this recall:

  • 40-pound cases, containing four, 10-pound. chubs of “TYSON MECHANICALLY SEPARATED CHICKEN”

According to the USDA, the recalled Chicken Products bear the establishment number “P-13556” inside the USDA mark of inspection with a Case Code of “2843SDL1412 – 18”. These products were shipped for institutional use only, US nationwide. The product was not available for consumer purchase in retail stores; Instead, it is known to be served in at least one correctional facility.

The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (“FSIS”) was notified of a Salmonella Heidelberg cluster of illnesses on December 12, 2013. Working in conjunction with the Tennessee Department of Health (“TDH”), the FSIS determined that there was a link between the mechanically separated chicken products from Tyson Foods and the illness cluster in a Tennessee correctional facility.

Based on epidemiological and traceback investigations, seven (7) case-patients at the facility have been identified with illnesses, with two resulting in hospitalization. Illness onset dates range from November 29, 2013 to December 5, 2013. FSIS continues to work with TDH on this investigation and will provide updated information as it becomes available

About Salmonella Poisoning:
Salmonellosis (Salmonella poisoning) is a very common type of food poisoning caused by the Salmonella bacterium. Although there are thought to be over 2,000 different kinds of these bacteria, only a comparative few make humans sick. Salmonella serotype “Typhimurium” and Salmonella serotype “Enteritidis” are thought to the two most common types in North America. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) estimates more than 3,300 Americans may get Salmonellosis every day.

Contaminated foods, especially “protein foods” such as raw meat, poultry and eggs that have not been properly cooked, are the most common source of Salmonellosis. Not washing fresh fruits and vegetables before eating them, as well as not thoroughly cleaning work surfaces (including cutting boards, counter tops and cutlery) used to prepare raw meat and other foods in the kitchen can also cause Salmonella poisoning. Food can also be contaminated by food handlers who do not thoroughly wash their hands with lots of soap and hot water after handling raw meat or visiting the bathroom.

Salmonella can be found in the feces of many animals, especially those with diarrhea. Exotic pets, such as snakes, turtles and reptiles, may carry Salmonella even when healthy. People, especially kids, can become infected if they do not wash their hands after contact with these exotic animals or eat while playing their pets.

In young children, the elderly, people with compromised immune systems and those undergoing some Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, Salmonellosis may cause serious and sometimes deadly infections. Even in otherwise healthy people, Salmonellosis may cause high fever, severe headache, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. In rare cases, however, Salmonellosis can cause more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected Aneurysms) Endocarditis and Arthritis.

If you suspect your food is contaminated, do not eat it. Contact the retailer for a refund or replacement. Wash your hands, contaminated preparation surfaces, cutlery and serving dishes thoroughly with hot soapy water and dry. Contact your MD immediately if you experience Salmonellosis symptoms.

Contact your MD immediately if you experience Salmonellosis symptoms. You can learn more about Salmonellosis from the US National Institutes of Health (“NIH”) at http://1.usa.gov/HI6RYS

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Additional information about this recall:
USDA recall number: FSIS-RC-001-2014
Recalls Direct RIN: 2013-2985
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