The chicken shortage could be generalized throughout the United States since the meat company Tyson Foods, one of the primary producers in the country, announced that it would withdraw 8.5 million pounds of chicken from the market in the national territory and in Puerto Rico.
According to Tyson, the reason for this movement has to do with possible exposure of the product to the bacterium Listeria mono cytogeneses, which he described as harmful to consumer health. For this reason, this decision was chosen, and the product is being withdrawn little by little.
The company, based in Springdale, Arkansas, released a statement in order for the population to know in a generalized way the reasons for the voluntary recall of the chicken, which was indicated that it began as a precaution as is intended to make sure that no consumer is affected.
The company stated, “The investigation identified three listeria illnesses, which caused one death, during the month of April and June 2021. When the sample collection was being done, FSIS accumulated two precooked chicken samples from the corner which are related genetically to Listeria mono cytogeneses generated from ill people.”
According to EFE, the affected products were processed at a plant in Dexter, Missouri, between December 26 and April 13, so it is a race against time to be able to get all the amount of chicken that is intended from the market. Tyson explained that the products covered in this strategy are from the cooked and frozen areas under the company’s seal, but they will also focus on other products made for specific customers that do not have the official mark as such.
Meanwhile, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported in a note that on June 9, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) notified of the dependence of two sick people with listerias, a foodborne illness caused by Listeria mono cytogeneses.As the statement incorporated, the epidemiological investigation found three patients with listeria during a quick succession period between April 6 and June 5. The reason why he was alerted to what happened, and after inquiring, he thought about the product being sold to the consumer. The USDA reported that listeria, which affects older adults, people with weakened immune systems, pregnant women, and their new-borns, spreads through the intestinal tract and is likely to cause fever, headaches, muscle pain, and seizures, followed by gastrointestinal symptoms leading to diarrhea and other related diseases.