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· Lawsuit filed related to ongoing listeria outbreak linked to precooked chicken products
Mpls. firm sues suppliers, sellers of chicken salad.
· FSIS: Tip Top Poultry, Inc. Recalls Ready-To-Eat Poultry Products Due to Possible Listeria Contamination
Lawsuit filed related to ongoing listeria outbreak linked to precooked chicken products
Mpls. firm sues suppliers, sellers of chicken salad.
By Kristen Leigh Painter, Star Tribune (MN)
OCt 8, 2019
As the recalls for precooked chicken products pile up, and public health officials scramble to piece them all together, food-safety experts warn a listeria outbreak linked to the meat is likely far-reaching and difficult to isolate.
A Minneapolis legal firm late Monday filed the first lawsuit related to an evolving and ongoing listeria outbreak likely linked to precooked chicken products produced at a Georgia plant over a 10-month time period.
The lawsuit, filed by food safety law firm Pritzker Hageman P.A., is the first known legal action from a person hospitalized after consuming these recalled products. It falls against the larger backdrop of a nationwide listeria monocytogenes outbreak still under investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Services (USDA-FSIS) that has so far counted 24 cases spanning 13 states.
Of those cases, 22 have resulted in hospitalizations and two people have died. Listeria is a particularly virulent foodborne pathogen; 1 out of 5 people infected with it will die. Listeria is especially dangerous to the elderly, immune-compromised, young children and pregnant women (it can lead to the loss of an unborn baby).
Two weeks ago, the USDA and Tip Top Poultry issued a massive recall of all ready-to-eat chicken products produced by the Georgia-based manufacturer between Jan. 21 and Sept. 24. Those products — which include frozen, cooked, diced and shredded chicken — were sold to an unknown number of other food companies that then packaged and sold the meat as a part of its own products.
"This is massive because it's all production from this one plant for nearly 10 months," said food-safety attorney Fred Pritzker. "I think this lawsuit is just the tip of the iceberg. I think many more will occur."
Since Tip Top's widespread recall was announced, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued several recalls in recent weeks for precooked, diced chicken products, including from three Minnesota firms that source meat from Tip Top...
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Tip Top Poultry, Inc. Recalls Ready-To-Eat Poultry Products Due to Possible Listeria Contamination
Class I Recall094-2019
Health Risk: HighSep 28, 2019
Congressional and Public Affairs
Note, Oct. 8, 2019: This release is being updated to alert consumers that the recalled ready-to-eat poultry products were used in additional products. Some of the products may have been served from the deli counter in grocery stores. A list of retailers can be found in the linked spreadsheet. Additional labels have also been made available here. FSIS will update the retailer list and labels as more information becomes available. Some products that may have been affected by this recall are listed on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) website at https://www.fda.gov/safety/recalls-market-withdrawals-safety-alerts.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 28, 2019 – Tip Top Poultry, Inc, a Rockmart, Ga., establishment, is recalling an undetermined amount of ready-to-eat (RTE) poultry products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
The frozen cooked, diced or shredded, RTE chicken products were produced between January 21, 2019 and September 24, 2019. The products subject to recall can be found in this spreadsheet. [View labels (PDF only)].
The products subject to recall bear establishment number “Est. P-17453” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to institutions nationwide in the United States and Canada (see the recalled products distributed in Canada).
The problem was discovered when the firm notified FSIS that multiple samples of product produced by Tip Top Poultry, Inc. confirmed positive for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes after being tested in Canada. The firm decided to recall all cooked, diced or shredded, RTE chicken products produced from January 21, 2019 through September 24, 2019 with product codes ranging from 10000 to 19999 and 70000 to 79999. Tip Top expanded the dates and the scope of the recall out of an abundance of caution.
There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.
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. Less commonly, persons outside these risk groups are affected.
Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract. In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn. In addition, serious and sometimes fatal infections in older adults and persons with weakened immune systems. Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. Persons in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell the health care provider about eating the contaminated food.
FSIS is concerned that some product may be in institutional and consumers’ refrigerators and freezers. Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them and institutions that have purchased these products are urged not to serve them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.
FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, a retail distribution list(s), if applicable, will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.
Consumers and media with questions regarding the recall can contact Garret Rutherford with Brand Apart, at (404) 220-9618.
Consumers with food safety questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.
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