A chicken recall that was issued in late September has been expanded to include ready-to-eat chicken that may have been served from supermarket deli counters.
The recall was initiated due to concerns about listeria contamination.
The expanded national alert issued Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service lists several large supermarket chains that may have received the recalled product. The original report was issued Sept. 28.
Local chains on the list include Piggly Wiggly, Kroger (the parent to Pick ‘n Save), Target and Aldi.
A FSIS spokesman said it included cooked, frozen, diced and shredded chicken products which were sold under various brands. They were produced and sold from Jan. 21 through Sept. 24 of this year.
The FSIS said the list may not include all retail locations that have received the recalled product or may include retail locations that did not actually receive the recalled product.
Products subject to the recall bear the establishment number “EST P-17453” inside the USDA mark of inspection.
The problem was discovered when the company Tip Top Poultry notified the FSIS that multiple samples were confirmed positive for the presence of listeria monocytogenes after being tested.
Tip Top decided to recall the products bearing the codes ranging from 10000 to 19999 and 7000 to 79999.
The spokesman said some people may have the product in their freezers. If so, they should take it back to where they purchased it or throw it out.
Consumption of food contaminated with listeria can cause a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, people with weakened immune systems and pregnant women and their newborns.
Symptoms include muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal systems.