Major Chicken Brand Recalled: What You Need to Know

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chicken dinnerTyson Foods chicken may be contaminated with a strain of salmonella, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service. As such, the food giant is voluntarily recalling nearly 34,000 pounds of chicken. Here is what you need to know to keep your family safe.

The meat in question was produced on October 11 and shipped to Florida, California, Indiana, Kansas, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, and Wisconsin for "institutional use." The deliveries in question were 40-pound cases that contained four 10-pound packages of Tyson Mechanically Separated Chicken. The packages can be identified by the following number: P-13556. The case code is 2843SDL1412 -- 18.

Since it was meant for large institutions, the chicken in question wouldn't have made it to retail stores and then family dinner tables. Still, a lot of people are at risk. The recall was issued after  contaminated chicken has been linked to illnesses in a Tennessee prison, where seven people got very sick and two were even hospitalized. 

Salmonella is one of the most common bacterial food-borne illnesses, and its symptoms include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever. An infected person can expect to feel sick for about a week. Of course the illness can be more serious in children and the elderly.

Right now, there is no additional information about what other facilities may have received the chicken. For more information, you can contact the Tyson Consumer Relations department at 866-886-8456.

Have you ever had salmonella poisoning?


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