USDA recalls some Tip Top Poultry products

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The USDA issued a nationwide recall late Tuesday on packages of fully cooked poultry products made by Tip Top Poultry, Inc., a Rockmart, Georgia company, recalling about 135,810 pounds of chopped, fully cooked and frozen chicken meat products that were shipped nationwide.

The products may be adultered with Listeria monocytogenes, according to the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service notice.

The contaminated meat can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that mostly affects older adults, people with weakened immune systems and pregnant women and their newborns. Other people can also be affected, though less commonly, the USDA said.

Listeria can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, convulsions and other intentional symptoms.

The problem was discovered on Aug. 17, when the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, CIFA, notified FSIS that a sample of Tip Top Poultry, Inc. confirmed positive for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes.

The investigation is ongoing.

The products subject to recall bear the number “P-174-453” inside the USDA mark of inspection or on the case. These items were shipped to hotels, restaurants and institutions nationwide. However, the USDA urges that all packages of these products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

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