By Noah Rothstein


Tyson Food Inc. recalled 8.5 million pounds of chicken products that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.


The Food Safety and Inspection Service was notified in June of two people who were sick with listeriosis. An investigation identified three cases of the illness between April and June and revealed one person had died from listeriosis.


Ready-to-eat, fully-cooked chicken products, including Tyson grilled and fully cooked chicken, and Jet’s Pizza, Marco’s Pizza, Little Caesars, and Casey’s General Store chicken products have been recalled.


The chicken was produced between December 26, 2020 and April 13, 2021, and has the establishment number “EST. P-7089” on the product bag or inside the USDA mark of inspection. In addition to being sold at stores like Walmart, Publix, Wegmans, and H-E-B, many of the products were also sent to institutions like hospitals, schools, and the Department of Defense. The complete list of products and date codes subject to recall can be found here.


Those most affected by the illness are primarily older adults, people with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and newborns.


The USDA warns that eating the products could cause severe illness or death. They suggest throwing out the chicken or returning them to the store where you purchased them.


A complete list that sold the affected chicken products will be posted on the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service website when available.