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Tyson Recalls 34,000 Pounds Of Chicken Due To Possible Contamination

Update Date: Jan 13, 2014 11:58 AM EST

Tyson Foods Inc, one of the world’s largest processors and marketers of chicken, beef and pork, recently recalled nearly 34,000 pounds of chicken for possible Salmonella contamination. These chicken were separated mechanically and produced in October last year.

The lot of chicken which the company has recalled was intended for institutional use such as prisons and schools.

The move was made by the company after seven people from a correctional facility in Tennessee became. Two of total victims needed hospitalization and others were later diagnosed with Salmonella Heidelberg illnesses.

In December last year, Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) and USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Services agents found the evident connection between the Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak and Tyson.

The first case of the disease was reported on the November 29th.

Once the food has been contaminated with Salmonella, the consumer of the food gets affected with salmonellosis which lasts four to seven days.

The most common symptom of the disease include abdominal cramps, diarrhea and fever, normally beginning in 12 to 72 hours of intake.

Normally people recover without treatment but when intense, hospitalization of the patient is required.

“Mechanically separated meat has a greater chance of housing bacteria. This method is defined as a paste-like meat product which is made by forcing turkey, pork, beef or chicken under high pressure through a strainer or similar device in order to separate the bone from the edible meat tissue,”reported Liberty Voice.

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