Houston, it’s time to eat more red meat, at least for a while.
Over the weekend, Tyson Foods recalled close to 8.5 million pounds of frozen, prepackaged, ready-to-eat chicken.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these products, which include chicken strips, diced chicken, chicken wings, cooked chicken with pizza, and more, have caused three cases of listeria—one in Delaware and two in Texas.
The recalled chicken was sold under the Tyson, Jet’s Pizza, Marco’s Pizza, Little Caesars, and Casey’s General Store brands (look for “EST. P-7089” on the USDA mark of inspection or on the bag for suspect products) at stores like Walmart, Target, Kroger, and H-E-B, per USA Today.
While we doubt there isn’t a Texan who doesn’t remember the Blue Bell listeria outbreak of 2015, here’s a brief reminder: Listeria monocytogenes is a bacteria that causes Listeriosis one week to a month after exposure.
This can cause headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, and convulsions, plus fever and muscle aches, per the CDC. People with weakened immune systems, pregnant women, and older adults are especially at risk—older adults are four-times more likely to contract the bacteria and pregnant women are 10-times more likely to become infected, and the bacteria can cause preterm labor, miscarriages, and stillbirths.
If you have any of these products in your refrigerator, put them in a sealed bag then throw them out and clean out your fridge (the CDC’s has a handy guide to cleaning after a food recall).