Health Department UPDATE: FDA Expands Ready-To-Eat Chicken Products Recall

Health Department UPDATE: FDA Expands Ready-To-Eat Chicken Products Recall

  • Editor’s Note, Oct. 8, 2019: This release is being updated to alert consumers that the recalled ready-to-eat poultry products were used in additional products.

The Kane County Health Department is warning consumers of an expanded recall of ready-to-eat poultry products that may have been served from the deli counter in grocery stores.

The warning is for Tip Top Poultry, Inc, ready-to-eat poultry products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Illinois Distributors

A list of retailers can be found in the linked spreadsheet.

There are numerous products added to the list and additional labels have also been made available here.

FSIS will update the retailer list and labels as more information becomes available. Some products that may have been affected by this recall are listed on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) website at

Illinois retailers that sold the products are:

  • Redners Warehouse Market
  • ALDI
  • Kroger
  • Ruler
  • Caputo Fresh

The Latest Info

The frozen cooked, diced or shredded, RTE chicken products were produced between Jan. 21, 2019 and Sept. 24, 2019.

The products subject to recall can be found online at this link to the USDA website.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “Est. P-17453” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to institutions nationwide in the United States and Canada.

The problem was discovered when the firm notified FSIS that multiple samples of product produced by Tip Top Poultry, Inc. confirmed positive for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes after being tested in Canada.

The firm decided to recall all cooked, diced or shredded, RTE chicken products produced from Jan. 21, 2019, through Sept. 24, 2019, with product codes ranging from 10000 to 19999 and 70000 to 79999. Tip Top expanded the dates and the scope of the recall out of an abundance of caution.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumption of food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. Less commonly, persons outside these risk groups are affected.

Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms.

An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract. In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn.

In addition, serious and sometimes fatal infections in older adults and persons with weakened immune systems. Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. Persons in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell the health care provider about eating the contaminated food.

FSIS is concerned that some product may be in institutional freezers. Institutions that have purchased these products are urged not to serve them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

Consumers and media with questions regarding the recall can contact Garret Rutherford with Brand Apart, at 404-220-9618.

The Kane County Health Department has an abundance of information on food safety online at this page of the Health Department website.

SOURCE: Kane County Health Department news release