By: Candess Zona-Mendola of MakeFoodSafe

The United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced a recall of fully cooked poultry products that may be contaminated with Listeria.

Listeria bacteria
Listeria monocytogenes/CDC

This recall comes very soon after the announcement of a Canadian Chicken Listeria Outbreak as well as a lingering question of whether this outbreak and the mystery source of the Listeria cases in the US are one in the same. Has the USDA confirmed the US link in the Listeria Outbreak? There is some compelling information that has recently come to light.

According to the USDA’s announcement, “The problem was discovered on August 17, 2019, when the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) notified FSIS that a sample of product produced by Tip Top Poultry, Inc. confirmed positive for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. Canadian public health and food safety partners, including the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, have been investigating an outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes. A ready-to-eat diced chicken product collected as part of the investigation tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. The investigation is ongoing.”

The timing just seems too coincidental. In the meantime, consumers are urged to check their freezers. Tip Top Poultry, Inc. of Georgia recalled approximately 135,810 pounds of fully cooked poultry products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes. The products subject to recall can be found in this spreadsheet and the labels can be found here.