Tip Top chicken re­called due to lis­te­ria con­cern

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Sev­eral fully cooked chicken prod­ucts made at Rock­mart’s Tip Top Poul­try plant are be­ing re­called by the U.S. Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture due to the pos­si­bil­ity they might be con­tam­i­nated with lis­te­ria, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease from the fed­eral agency last week.

Their re­lease stated that sev­eral prod­ucts, in­clud­ing four branded with the Tip Top la­bel, along with four more la­beled with Per­due, Gor­don, Sysco and West Creek brands.

The frozen, diced, and me­chan­i­cally sep­a­rated ready to eat chicken was pro­duced on Jan­uary 21, 2019 and dis­play “PACK DATE 01/21/19” on the la­bels, the re­lease stated.

Four of the Tip Top la­beled chicken prod­ucts were 30 pounds bags of cooked chicken meat in a diced nat­u­ral pro­por­tion, 30 pound bags of cooked chicken fines, 50 pound bags of me­chan­i­cally sep­a­rated chicken and 30 pound bags of IFQ pieces.

The re­call also in­cludes 10 pound bags of Per­due branded of 1/2 diced chicken, Gor­don branded diced chicken meat in a 60 white meat, 40 dark pack­age, Sysco Clas­sic fully cooked diced chicken meat and West Creek fully cooked diced chicken meat in a 60 white meat, 40 dark pack­age.

All to­tal, some 135,810 pounds of meat are be­ing re­called for pos­si­ble con­tam­i­na­tion. The USDA stated a pos­si­ble con­tam­i­na­tion in­ci­dent was re­ported by the Cana­dian Food In­spec­tion Agency and no­ti­fied the USDA’s Food Safety and In­spec­tion Ser­vice of­fi­cials that a sam­ple of chicken pro­duced by Tip Top Poul­try con­firmed the pres­ence of Lis­te­ria mono­cy­to­genes.

”Cana­dian public health and food safety part­ners, in­clud­ing the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Cana­dian Food In­spec­tion Agency, have been in­ves­ti­gat­ing an out­break of Lis­te­ria mono­cy­to­genes,” the re­lease re­ported. “A readyto-eat diced chicken prod­uct col­lected as part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion tested pos­i­tive for Lis­te­ria mono­cy­to­genes. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing.”

Most of the chicken pro­duced on Jan­uary 21 was shipped across the na­tion to hotels, restau­rants and in­sti­tu­tions. They in­clude the num­ber “num­ber “P17453” in­side the USDA mark of in­spec­tion or on the case,” the agency re­ported.

“FSIS is con­cerned that some prod­uct may be in in­sti­tu­tional freez­ers,” the re­lease stated. “In­sti­tu­tions who have pur­chased th­ese prod­ucts are urged not to serve them. Th­ese prod­ucts should be thrown away or re­turned to the place of pur­chase.”

Those who con­sume food con­tam­i­nated with Lis­te­ria mono­cy­to­genes are sus­cep­ti­ble to de­vel­op­ing lis­te­rio­sis, which can af­fect older adults, per­sons with weak­ened im­mune sys­tems, and pregnant women and their new­borns.

Symp­toms in­clude fever, mus­cle aches, headache, stiff neck, con­fu­sion, loss of bal­ance and con­vul­sions some­times pre­ceded by di­ar­rhea or other gas­troin­testi­nal symp­toms.

The Stan­dard Jour­nal reached out to of­fi­cials from Tip Top for clar­i­fi­ca­tion on the re­call, but due to sched­ul­ing is­sues were un­able to re­turn a phone call be­fore press time. Ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion will be pro­vided in the days to come.

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