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Chicken recall: Tyson pulls chicken off market due to Salmonella concerns

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Tyson Foods has voluntarily announced a chicken recall. Nearly 34,000 pounds of chicken were affected due to Salmonella concerns, according to Fox News reports on Jan. 12.

The Little Rock, Ark. – based poultry plant decided to pull thousands of mechanically separated chicken from hitting the consumer market; the chicken was distributed nationally for institutional use.

A total of 7 people with two reported hospitalized illnesses – an outbreak that began in Tennessee correctional facility – alerted the U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to investigate the cause; a strain of Salmonella was the possible cause.

All affected cases of chicken affected by this recall were produced on Oct. 12, according to Fox News.

Salmonellosis may cause symptoms of diarrhea, abdominal cramping and a fever within one to three days after ingesting foods tainted with Salmonella.

It is suggested that chicken reaches a cooking temperature of 165 degrees before consuming in order to avert this leading cause of foodborne illness.

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