Listeria Outbreak Tied to Chicken Recall Turns Deadly

One person has died and three others remain hospitalized from a listeria outbreak tied to recently recalled fully cooked chicken, according to federal health officials.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted a warning notice online, which was last updated July 9, noting that there have been three illnesses and one death reported in two states since its investigation linking “listeria monocytogenes illnesses to precooked chicken produced at Tyson Foods Inc.” started in June.

The reported death occurred sometime between April 6 and June 5, 2021, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service’s (FSIS) recall notice.

The two agencies are working together after FSIS received reports on June 9 that two people fell ill with listeriosis.

“During routine sample collection, FSIS collected two precooked chicken samples from two establishments that are closely related genetically to Listeria monocytogenes from ill people,” FSIS wrote. “One of the samples was collected at Tyson Foods Inc.”

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