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USDA adds to notice of chicken recall; Indiana, Ohio stores sold products

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) – The USDA this week updated its late-September recall of chicken products that could be contaminated with listeria.

The affected poultry was produced by a Georgia company, Tip Top Poultry, Inc., between late January and Sept. 24 of this year. The items have product codes ranging from 10000 to 19999 and 70000 to 79999.

Kroger stores were among those selling the chicken, which was in cooked, diced and shredded form. ALDI is also included. The USDA list of states where the products were sold includes Indiana and Ohio.

The recent update to the recall added to the initial list of affected products. The USDA has not confirmed any illnesses as a result of consumption, but warns that eating the contaminated poultry can result in listeriosis, which can be extremely dangerous to some people.

From the USDA: 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.

The recall is considered “Class I,” which is the most serious of three agency classifications.

 

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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