October 27, 2021

New Listeria Monocytogenes Outbreak Sickens 20; No Food Identified

A new Listeria monocytogenes outbreak has been identified on the FDA's Core Outbreak Investigation Table. No food has been named, no advisory has been issued, and there are no recalls. So far, traceback has been initiated, on-site inspections have begun, and sample collection and analysis are initiated. That may mean that the FDA has an idea what food has caused these illnesses. But we don't know where the sick people live, their illness onset dates, the age range, or if anyone has been hospitalized. Listeria monocytogenes outbreaks are usually fairly small. The people who get sickest from this infection are typically the elderly, people with chronic illnesses, and those with compromised immune systems, such as cancer patients undergoing treatment. Pregnant women are also quite … [Read more...]

New Listeria Monocytogenes Outbreak Added to FDA Core Table

A new Listeria monocytogenes outbreak has been added to the FDA's Core Outbreak Investigation Table. And the mystery Salmonella Thompson outbreak case count has increased. As always, not much information is provided in the table. We don't know where sick people live, their age ranges, or illness onset dates. In the Listeria monocytogenes outbreak, no product has been linked to the illnesses yet. although traceback has been initiated. There are at least 20 people sick in this outbreak, which is pretty large for a Listeria monocytogenes outbreak. In the past, Listeria outbreaks have been linked to Tyson frozen diced chicken, El Abuelito Queso Fresco Cheese, deli meats, ice cream, enoki mushrooms, and¬†Almark Foods shell eggs. As you can see, this pathogen can contaminate just about … [Read more...]

NetCost Market Listeriosis Outbreak in Brooklyn, New York Sickens Three

A NetCost Market listeriosis outbreak in Brooklyn, New York has sickened at least three people, according to a health alert from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The three patients have clinical isolates that are highly related by whole genome sequencing (WGS). All three patients live in Brooklyn. And all three patients purchased ready-to-eat food from the deli counter at the same NetCost Market which is located at 3100 Ocean Avenue in Brooklyn. NetCost management is working closely with the Health Department and New York State Agriculture and Markets to make sure that the deli area is safe for consumers. If you bought food from that deli counter before September 5, 2021, do not eat it, even if some has been consumed and no one has been sick yet. It can … [Read more...]

Tyson Cooked Chicken Listeria Monocytogenes Outbreak Ends

The Tyson cooked chicken Listeria monocytogenes outbreak has ended with three people sick, three hospitalized, and one person dead, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The outbreak was declared over as of September 10, 2021. The patient case count by state is: Delaware (1), and Texas (2). The patient age range was from 60 to 95 years. Illness onset dates ranged from April 6, 2021 to June 5, 2021. All three people were living in long-term care facilities or hospitals when they got sick. Tyson recalled ready to eat chicken products in relation to this outbreak. The recall was expanded once, and there was one secondary recall for Circle K chicken salads and sandwiches that was also expanded once. The chicken may also have been used to make deli … [Read more...]

Was Recalled Tyson Chicken Imported From China? The Answer is No

After seeing some rumors about the Tyson chicken recalled for possible Listeria contamination being processed in China, Food Poisoning Bulletin conducted some research. While it is true that as of 2013, China can export processed chicken to the United States (the rule was finalized in 2017), was recalled Tyson chicken imported from China? The answer is no. A USDA-FSIS spokesperson told us, "The product subject to recall was not processed in China. The product was processed at Tyson Foods establishment in Dexter, Missouri with domestic source materials." Indeed, the Tyson website says the same thing, adding that these rumors are a hoax. And even though it's now legal, very little processed chicken is exported from China to the United States. The Tyson chicken in question was … [Read more...]

More Tyson Chicken Recalled in Association with Deadly Listeria Outbreak

The USDA says that more Tyson chicken recalled in association with a deadly Listeria monocytogenes outbreak was distributed to retail stores and institutions. About another 500,000 pounds of these products are recalled, for a total of 8,955,296 pounds. While the recalled products included precooked chicken that was shipped to schools, it was from a commercial sale and was not part of food provided by the USDA for the National School Lunch Program. There is evidence linking a deadly Listeria monocytogenes outbreak that has sickened three people in Delaware and Texas to precooked chicken produced at Tyson Foods. The chicken is frozen, fully cooked, and ready to eat. The chicken was produced between December 26, 2020 and April 13, 2021. You can see the long list of recalled products … [Read more...]

Circle K Chicken Salad Sandwiches Recalled For Possible Listeria

Circle K chicken salad sandwiches are being recalled for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. These sandwiches were made with recalled Tyson precooked chicken that is associated with a deadly Listeria monocytogenes outbreak in Delaware and Texas. The recalling company is LSG Sky Chefs. No illnesses have been reported to the company to date in connection with the consumption of these products. The recalled item is Circle K chicken salad sandwiches that are packaged in 5.9 ounce containers. They were sold in Circle K stores in the Southern California and Phoenix, Arizona areas. These sandwiches were sold between June 1, 2021 and July 5, 2021. The products have a "best buy" date of 6/7/21 through 7/9/21 (June 7, 2021 through July 9, 2021). The sandwiches have Circle K … [Read more...]

Delaware Listeria Patient Linked to Multi-State Chicken Outbreak

A Delaware Listeria patient who is linked to the multi-state precooked chicken outbreak was allegedly sickened by Tyson foods ready-to-eat chicken products, according to an¬†update by the Delaware Division of Public Health. That notice states that there is "one case of Listeria associated with a multistate outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes infections linked to recalled Tyson Foods ready-to-eat chicken products." The state will not release any more information about this specific case at this time to protect privacy. The other two patients in this outbreak live in Texas. One patient from Texas has sadly died. Tyson has initiated a huge recall of their frozen, fully cooked chicken products that were produced between December 26, 2020 and April 13, 2021. More than 8.4 million pounds of … [Read more...]

Tyson Ready-to-Eat Chicken Products Recalled For Possible Listeria

Tyson ready-to-eat chicken products are being recalled for possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. These products may be linked to a deadly listeriosis outbreak that has sickened three people who live in Delaware and Texas. More than 8.4 million pounds of these products are being recalled. You can see the long list of recalled products at the USDA web site, and you can also see pictures of product labels there. These items were shipped nationwide to retailers and institutions, including nursing facilities, restaurants, hospitals, schools, and Department of Defense locations. These items were produced between December 26, 2020 and April 13, 2021. These recalled Tyson ready-to-eat chicken products include Tyson Pulled Chicken Breast Smoke Flavor Added, Jet's Pizza Fully … [Read more...]

Tyson Chicken Listeria Monocytogenes Outbreak Sickens 3, One Dead

A Tyson chicken Listeria monocytogenes outbreak has allegedly sickened three people and one person has died, according to the USDA and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These products, including frozen, fully cooked chicken strips, diced chicken, chicken wing sections, and fully cooked pizza with chicken, were shipped to retailers and institutions including hospitals, nursing facilities, restaurants, schools, and Department of Defense locations across the country. Tyson has issued a recall. These products were sold under several brand names, including Casey's General Store, Marco's Pizza, Little Caesars, and Jet's Pizza. The items all have the establishment number "EST. P-7089" on the product bag or printed inside the USDA mark of inspection. Tyson Foods is recalling … [Read more...]

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