Tip Top Poultry published a voluntary recall of all cooked, hot deboned fowl meat in late September, because of potential Listeria infection. On Tuesday, Tip Top extended it to include further products and retailers.
Stores affected include Kroger, Fred Meyer, Smiths ALDI, Food Lion, including Piggly Wiggly, among others.
The initial recall included an undetermined quantity of ready-to-eat poultry products collectively frozen or cooked, distributed by brands including Butterball, Perdue, and Sysco.
The recall includes any products produced at their Rockmart, Georgia, facility within January 22, 2019, and September 24, 2019.
Tip Top Poultry published in a statement that it might be closing its poultry cooking line unless the source of contamination has been identified and eliminated.
Owner Brad Respess mentioned in the report that as a family business, company take food safety seriously because it’s so crucial to their families and friends’ health and safety along with anyone who consumes their products,”
Consuming food which is contaminated with Listeria can cause listeriosis, a severe infection that affects pregnant women, people who weak immune systems, newborn child, and older adults. A listeria infection might lead to brain or bloodstream infections but can be treated.
Symptoms of the infection involve fever and diarrhea, muscle aches, and headaches. If people think they might have consumed contaminated chicken, the CDC advises that they see a doctor and alert of any symptoms they may be experiencing.
Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued a full record of probably affected retailers in their recall alert. Their news release urges any consumer or institutions in possession of those products not to eat or serve them.
Any chicken product that came under the recall should be thrown away or returned to the place where it was purchased.