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Voluntary Recall: Limited Amounts of Mechanically Separated Chicken Sold to Institutional Accounts



January 10, 2014 – Springdale, Ark. – Tyson Foods, Inc. is voluntarily recalling approximately 33,840 pounds of uncooked mechanically separated chicken in 10-pound chubs sold for institutional use only. The product was produced exclusively for and distributed to a small number of institutional customers. This product is not available to the general public and is not sold in stores or restaurants.

 

A sample of the product analyzed by the Tennessee Department of Health was found to contain Salmonella Heidelberg. Seven confirmed illnesses that occurred in early December are potentially linked to the product. According to USDA, some people who consumed entrees prepared with the product at a correctional facility became ill.

 

Approximately 846 cases of the product were produced on October 11, 2013. Each 10-pound chub bears the establishment code P-13556 and code date 2843SDL1412-18. Product cases may be identified by code 17433-928 which is printed on the exterior label.

 

Tyson Foods shipped the affected product to institutional customers with distribution centers in the following states: California, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

 

Consumers with questions may call Tyson Consumer Relations department at 866-886-8456. News media and health department officials who have questions should contact the company’s Worth Sparkman at 479-290-6358 or worth.sparkman@tyson.com.

 

About Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE TSN), with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is one of the world's largest processors and marketers of chicken, beef and pork, the second-largest food production company in the Fortune 500 and a member of the S&P 500. The company was founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson, whose family has continued to be involved with son Don Tyson leading the company for many years and grandson John H. Tyson serving as the current Chairman of the Board of Directors. Tyson Foods produces a wide variety of protein-based and prepared food products and is the recognized market leader in the retail and foodservice markets it serves. The company provides products and services to customers throughout the United States and approximately 130 countries. It has approximately 115,000 Team Members employed at more than 400 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world. Through its Core Values, Code of Conduct and Team Member Bill of Rights, Tyson Foods strives to operate with integrity and trust and is committed to creating value for its shareholders, customers and Team Members. The company also strives to be faith-friendly, provide a safe work environment and serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it.

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