Tyson Chicken Recall: Salmonella Detected
Tyson Foods Inc. has issued a recall of nearly 17 tons of mechanically separated chicken products that may be contaminated with a strain of the salmonella bacteria. The announcement was made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in a press release on Jan. 10.
Thus far, the chicken in question was linked to a series of illnesses at a correctional facility in Tennessee, where so far seven people were diagnosed with the Salmonella Heidelberg strain of the bacteria. Seven people were contaminated by the bacteria between Nov. 29 and Dec. 5, 2013, with two of the victims requiring hospitalization.
The chicken was produced on Oct. 11, 2013, but it was not sold in retail stores to the general public. Instead, it was shipped in 10-pound bags for institutional use in eight states. The products that were subject to the recall contain an establishment number of P-13556, which is located inside the USDA mark of inspection. There are four bags in a case, and the cases have the code 2843SDL1412 — 18.
The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) worked with the Tennessee Department of Health and were able to determine that the patients had consumed the chicken in question, although the investigation continues.
Exposure to the Salmonella bacteria can cause an illness called salmonellosis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 42,000 cases of salmonellosis are reported each year, although it’s likely that a great many more go undiagnosed and/or unreported. Some symptoms of salmonellosis can appear within 12 and 72 hours of exposure and can include diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps. The vast majority of illnesses will last from three days to about a week, and won’t require any special medical treatment.
Unfortunately, there are severe cases, in which the bacteria can spread beyond the intestines to other parts of the body, including the bloodstream, which can lead to hospitalization, and additional risk to the patient for even more serious symptoms, including extreme dehydration. Those at greatest risk for complications include the elderly, children and people with compromised immune systems.
This is the second Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak linked to a major chicken producer in recent months. The strain was also linked to an outbreak traced to two Foster Farms plants in California in October. In that one, Foster Farms didn’t recall the chicken, but instead urged consumers to thoroughly cook their Foster Farms raw chicken products. Since that outbreak started in March 2013, the CDC reported 416 illnesses, with 39 percent requiring hospitalization.
All food producers are required by law to keep their plants and facilities as clean and safe as possible, regardless of who they sell the product to. The Texas Food Poisoning Lawyers at Hill Law Firm have experience to deal with every kind of food borne illness imaginable, including salmonella, to get food production companies large and small to pay attention to your case. If you or a loved one has been stricken with a food borne illness as a result of food contamination or poisoning, please contact the Texas Food Poisoning Injury Lawyers at Hill Law Firm as soon as possible to protect your rights.