Chicken products from Tip Top Poultry test positive for listeria contamination, recall issued; hitting Kroger, Giant, Aldi, Food Lion, Bi- Lo and more

Amid the probable threat of listeria contamination, chicken has been recalled from dozens of supermarkets and restaurants where it is sold in the United States recently.

The recall was issued in September by Tip Top Poultry Inc., based out of Rockmart, Georgia. Trader Joe’s, Target and alike stores sell these chicken under various brand names and in different forms including, diced, frozen, cooked or even shredded. Apart from Target and Trader Joe’s, even stores such as Kings Supermarket, Jersey Mike’s, Piggly Wiggly, Aldi, Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Giant Supermarket, Kroger and Bi- Lo have been come under the list of recall on Tuesday.

Class 1, as the recall issued on Tuesday has been deemed by the US Department of Agriculture is defined as “a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death”; by the agency.

The condition of Listeria monocytogenes targets people with inferior immune system, such as young children, elderly people and so on. The condition is characterized by symptoms including diarrhea, abdominal pain, severe headache, high fever, nausea and stiffness.

In the period between January 21st through September 24th this year, the items produced such as ready- to- eat sandwiches, a variety of chicken salads and frozen chicken items have been recalled.

According to the US Department of Agriculture’s recall alert, “multiple samples of product produced by Tip Top Poultry, Inc. confirmed positive for the presence of listeria monocytogenes after being tested in Canada”, post which the recall was initiated by Tip Top Poultry.

However; notably illnesses or infections due to the recalled products have yet not surfaced with confirmation.

Chris Sokol

Consultant respiratory physician at DescriptionThe Perelman School of Medicine, commonly known as Penn Med, is the medical school of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104, United States. Mail Me : Chrissokol@timestechpharma.com

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