The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service received notice from Tip Top Poultry that food inspectors in Canada had found Listeria monocytogenes in a sample of ready-to-eat chicken products. Tip Top is a Georgia-based chicken supplier to grocery stores and restaurants in both countries.
The firm decided to recall all cooked, diced or shredded, RTE 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 issued an initial recall and updated it with additional products “out of an abundance of caution.” Affected brands include:
- Clean Eatz Café
- Delizous Farms
- H. Walker Foods
- R.W. Zant Co.
- Tip Top
- West Creek
Cooked, diced, and shredded products are included in the recall, and the entire list of specific products affected by the recall is available on the USDA website. They were sold at retailers including Aldi, Trader Joe’s, Target, Kroger, and they have “Est. P-17453” marked inside the USDA mark of inspection.
Listeria exposure can lead to listeriosis, which is not something you want you or your family anywhere near. If you just get fever, diarrhea, confusion, headaches, convulsions, and muscle pain you’re one of the lucky ones. The CDC estimates that, of the 1,600 people who get listeriosis each year, about 260 die. Pregnant women are especially vulnerable.
Thankfully, no adverse reactions to the consumption of these products have been reported.
So if you have any of this stuff in your fridge or freezer, throw it away or take it back to the store.