Chicken Recall Expands Over Listeria Fears

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Chicken sold in grocery stores and restaurants around the country has been recalled for possible listeria contamination.

Stores affected include Kroger, ALDI, Food Lion, and Piggly Wiggly, among others.

The recall includes any products produced at their Rockmart, Georgia, facility between January 22, 2019 and September 24, 2019.

Tip Top first issued a recall September 28, but expanded it when they discovered the initial products included in the recall had been used in other products. Tip Top expanded the dates and the scope of the recall out of an abundance of caution.

The recalled items all have an establishment number of "Est".

An updated list of affected retailers and product labels can be found at "P-17453" inside the inspection mark on the packaging, the inspection service said.

Consumption of food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. These items were shipped to a variety of stores, markets and food institutions nationwide in the United States.

So far, there have been no reports of illness or any health concerns from anyone who has consumed the chicken in question. In some cases, though, people outside these groups can be affected.

Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. The infection can be treated with antibiotics.

Additionally, the USDA has provided a list of specific products that have been confirmed as contaminated and should be either returned to the place of purchase or disposed of.

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