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Tyson chicken recall: Institutional customers warned of salmonella contamination

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Tyson Foods, Inc. issued a news release for a voluntary recall on approximately 34,000 pounds of uncooked mechanically separated chicken on Jan. 10 which was also announced by the USDA – United States Department of Agriculture.

The chicken products involved in this recall are absolutely no danger to the general public. The chicken is not sold in retail grocery stores or sold to restaurants. The chicken Tyson produced have confirmed illnesses from their product from correctional facilities.

“Approximately 846 cases of the product were produced on October 11, 2013. Each 10-pound chub bears the establishment code P-13556 and code date 2843SDL1412-18. Product cases may be identified by code 17433-928 which is printed on the exterior label.”

“Tyson Foods shipped the affected product to institutional customers with distribution centers in the following states: California, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, and Wisconsin.”

The type of salmonella contamination that is causing illnesses is called Salmonella Heidelberg. The Tennessee Department of Health discovered that the chicken in question caused seven inmates at a correctional facility in Tennessee to become ill from salmonella.

Salmonella is a food borne illness many refer to as food poisoning or a bacterial illness called salmonellosis. Symptoms from salmonella are diarrhea, abdominal cramps and fevers which can occur within 12 to 72 hours of consumption of contaminated food.

“Consumers with questions about the recall should contact Tyson Foods’ consumer relations department at 866-886-8456. Media with questions should contact Worth Sparkman, Tyson Foods’ public relations manager, at 479-290-6358.”

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