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Georgia company recalls more than 135,000 pounds of chicken products due to listeria concerns

The items were shipped to hotels, restaurants, and institutions nationwide.

ROCKMART, Ga. — Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the timeline in which the affected products were sold.

A Georgia company is recalling 135,810 pounds of fully cooked poultry products due to possible listeria contamination.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service said Tip Top Poultry, Inc. of Rockmart, Georgia is recalling some if its chicken.

The frozen, diced, and mechanically separated ready to eat chicken was produced on and between Jan. 21, 2019 and Sept. 24, 2019. They also have the establishment number “P-17453” inside the USDA mark of inspection or on the case. The product codes rang 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. 

The items were shipped to hotels, restaurants, and institutions nationwide. FSIS said it is concerned that some of the products may be in freezers. The businesses that purchased them are urged not to serve them.

Below is the list of the products along with their case weights and codes. The full list of products subject to recall can be found in this spreadsheet

Credit: FSIS

Officials said the issue was discovered on Aug. 17 when Canadian Food Inspection Agency notified FSIS that a sample confirmed positive for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes.

Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, and other ailments. For pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, and other complications.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website, an estimated 1,600 people get listeriosis each year, and about 260 die.  

The recalled products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase. All of the labels can be found on the FSIS website.


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