Salmonella Risk Prompts Tyson Chicken Recall

by Christopher Freeburn | January 13, 2014 11:00 am

TysonFoodsPromo[1]After seven people were sickened by a Salmonella outbreak at a Tennessee prison, Tyson Foods (TSN[2]) has issued a chicken recall[3].

The Salmonella cases were identified last month. Health investigators traced the outbreak to “mechanically separated” chicken produced by Tyson, leading the company to recall 34,000 pounds of chicken meat that might have been contaminated, CNN notes.

Poultry products affected by the chicken recall were produced on Oct. 11. The chicken recall covers poultry products shipped only to institutional customers in 40-pound cases holding four 10-pound chubs. Poutlry sent to restaurants or supermarkets is not affected by the chicken recall.

Salmonella is culprit behind more than 1.3 million cases of food poisoning in the U.S. each year.

In October, a San Francisco Costco (COST[4]) store issued a chicken recall for 9,000 rotisserie chicken products[5] due to suspected salmonella contamination.

TSN stock fell modestly in Monday morning trading. TSN stock has risen more than 40% since March 2013.

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