Chicken sold in grocery stores and restaurants around the country has been recalled for possible listeria contamination. The products were sold in some locations of Aldi, Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Piggly Wiggly and other supermarkets.
The company issued a recall that includes many of its ready-to-eat chicken products made January 21 through September 24 of this year - including Nutrisystem diet meals and Trader Joe's chicken salad.
Tip Top Poultry initiated the recall after "multiple samples of product produced by Tip Top Poultry, Inc. confirmed positive for the presence of listeria monocytogenes after being tested in Canada", the USDA's recall alert stated. Tip Top expanded the dates and the scope of the recall out of an abundance of caution.
The products have establishment number "Est".
An updated list of affected retailers and product labels can be found at fsis.usda.gov. These items were shipped to a variety of stores, markets and food institutions nationwide in the United States. "P-17453" inside the inspection mark on the packaging, the inspection service said. Symptoms of infection include high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. The full list can be viewed here. In addition, it can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in older adults and persons with weakened immune systems.
An outbreak of listeria in the US lasted from November 2016 to September 2019 and affected 10 people in five states, according to the CDC.
According to the USDA, "there have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products", but health officials suggest consumers throw out or return any products affected by the recall, which include the item codes between 10000-19999 and 70000-79999. The infection can be treated with antibiotics.