Tip Top Poultry, Inc. and the USDA Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) have recalled 135,000 pounds of fully-cooked chicken products that may be contaminated with Listeria bacteria.
The chicken is frozen and diced. It was shipped to hotels, restaurants, and institutions nationwide.
The recalled products were produced on January 21, 2019 and labeled with establishment number “P-17453” inside the USDA mark of inspection on the case.
The recalled brand-names include Tip Top®, PERDUE®, Gordon®, Sysco®, and West Creek®.
Labels may be also be marked with the following information:
- All Natural* Diced Chicken Meat (2-5 Pound Bags)
- Sysco Classic Fully Cooked 1/2″ Diced Chicken
- West Creek Fully Cooked 1/2″ Diced Chicken (60% Dark / 40% White)
- Perdue Farms Chicken Meat Fully Cooked (1/2″ Diced)
- Cooked Chicken Meat 1 Diced Natural Proportion
- Cooked Mechanically Separated Chicken
The problem was discovered when Canadian food inspectors notified officials in the U.S. that a sample of chicken from Tip Top Poultry, Inc. tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes bacteria.
Health officials in Canada reported the contamination during an investigation into an outbreak of food poisoning from Rosemount® cooked diced chicken products.
There were 7 confirmed Listeria infections in British Columbia (1), Manitoba (1) and Ontario (5) between November 2017 and June 2019, with 6 of the victims hospitalized.
In the U.S., recalled products may still be in institutional freezers. Institutions who bought the recalled chicken products are urged not to serve them, according to the FSIS.