Aldi stores included in chicken recall
Some well-known name brands and grocery store chains are included in a high-risk recall of ready-to-eat poultry products over a Listeria concern.
The USDA's Food Safety Inspection Service announced this week there is a reason to believe that Aldi, Kroger, and several other retailers may have received products recalled byTip Top Poultry.
The update is linked to an earlier announced recall that includes some chicken products sold at Sam's Club, Walmart, GFS, Target, GetGo, Nutrisystem and other retailers.
Some of the products may have been served from the deli counter in grocery stores. A list of recalled products can be found here.
The USDA says it is important that you use the product-specific identification information to identify the recalled item labels which may be viewed here:
The frozen cooked, diced or shredded, ready-to-eat chicken products were produced between January 21, 2019, and September 24, 2019.
The products subject to recall can be found in this spreadsheet.
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “Est. P-17453” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to institutions nationwide in the United States and Canada.
The problem was discovered when the firm notified FSIS that multiple samples of products produced by Tip Top Poultry, Inc. confirmed positive for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes after being tested in Canada.
The firm recalled all cooked, diced or shredded, ready-to-eat chicken products produced from January 21, 2019, through September 24, 2019, with product codes ranging from 10000 to 19999 and 70000 to 79999. Tip Top then expanded the dates and the scope of the recall out of an abundance of caution.
There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.
Consumption of food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. Less commonly, persons outside these risk groups are affected.
Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract.
In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn. In addition, serious and sometimes fatal infections in older adults and persons with weakened immune systems. Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. Persons in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell the health care provider about eating the contaminated food.
FSIS is concerned that some product may be in institutional and consumers’ refrigerators and freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them and institutions that have purchased these products are urged not to serve them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.