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Outbreak Summary

The CDC has announced a multistate outbreak of Listeria illnesses that has been linked to fully cooked chicken products distributed by Tyson Foods Inc.

So far, three people are known to have become sick in this outbreak: two in Texas, and one in Delaware. All three were hospitalized, one of victims has tragically died.

A massive recall of Tyson cooked chicken products is in effect. The recalled products were shipped nationwide to retailers and institutions such as hospitals, nursing facilities, restaurants, and schools. Among the recalled products are fully cooked chicken strips, diced chicken, chicken wing sections, and fully cooked pizza with chicken. Products containing the potentially tainted chicken were sold under brand names such as Tyson, Jet’s Pizza, Casey’s General Store, Marco’s Pizza, and Little Caesars. The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. P-7089” on the product bag or inside the USDA mark of inspection

If you or a loved one became sick with a Listeria infection because of this outbreak, please contact us for a free consultation.

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Deadly Listeria Outbreak Linked to Fully Cooked Chicken

An outbreak of Listeria illnesses linked to cooked chicken products distributed by Tyson Foods Inc. has sickened at least three people in two states: Texas and Delaware.

The following products have been recalled:

What is Listeria?

Listeriosis is a serious infection usually contracted from food contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes. Anyone can contract this bacterial infection, but pregnant women, newborns, older adults, and individuals with compromised immune systems are most at risk.

Listeriosis can be particularly dangerous for pregnant women, as it can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, or premature delivery. According to the CDC, Listeriosis causes a fetal loss in about 20% of cases. Newborns can also suffer a life-threatening infection. The CDC reports newborn death occurs in about 3% of cases. When a pregnant woman notices the symptoms of Listeriosis, it is important to seek medical care immediately to protect the pregnancy.

Individuals with weak immune systems and the elderly are more likely to develop severe infections in the bloodstream or brain, which can be fatal. Listeriosis can also affect other parts of the body, including the bones and joints.

Severe Listeriosis can be treated with antibiotics. Prompt treatment of severe symptoms is important and dramatically reduces the risk of more severe complications.

Common Symptoms of Listeria

Listeriosis symptoms can vary dramatically from person to person. In less serious cases, the infection may remain in the gut and cause flu-like symptoms. In some cases, however the Listeria bacteria will spread beyond the gut, This is known as invasive listeriosis. When Listeria spreads to the nervous system, individuals can experience:

  • Headache
  • Stiff neck
  • Confusion
  • Changes in alertness
  • Difficulty with balance
  • Convulsions
  • Sensitivity to light

Anyone experiencing these symptoms should seek medical care right away. These can be signs of bacterial meningitis, which can cause severe complications, disabilities, and death.

Contact us for more information

OFT Food Safety & Injury Lawyers is a national food safety law firm and offers free consultations to anybody potentially impacted by this outbreak. Listeria lawyers Ryan Osterholm and Brendan Flaherty have represented people sickened by Listeria throughout the country, and can your questions and help you pursue compensation.

Notable Recoveries

$10 million

Seven infants were sickened after consuming a contaminated food product marketed to infants

$6.5 million

Verdict on behalf of a little boy who contracted a severe Salmonella infection from chicken

$7.55 million

Verdict on behalf of a little girl who contracted E. coli at a petting zoo

$2.25 million

E. coli infections contracted from a major fast food chain

$45 million

An over-the-counter medication caused severe kidney damage to multiple users

$3.4 million

A pregnant woman contracted a Listeria infection from contaminated fruit and passed the infection to her child

$3 million

Multistate Cyclospora outbreaks

$275,000

A couple contracted Salmonella from a restaurant

$525,000

A pedestrian was struck by a left-turning car, fracturing her tibia

$700,000

A semi-truck rear-ended a motorcyclist causing a collapsed lung, rib fractures and road rash