Got Salmonella? ALDF Looking for Victims of Salmonella Outbreak from Tyson Chicken Products

Posted by Jennifer Molidor, ALDF Staff Writer on January 13, 2014

mechanically-seperated-chickenMeat producers like Tyson Foods hope you’re in the mood for “mechanically separated chicken”—a byproduct made by smashing a chicken’s unstripped bones, muscles, and fiber through a sieve to produce a pink, gooey yogurt-like substance that becomes chicken nuggets and chicken patties. If that’s not enough to whet your appetite… got Salmonella? Tyson Foods, Inc. (the nation’s largest producer of chicken products), is recalling more than thirty thousand pounds of mechanically separated chicken products that may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Tyson Foods has recently bragged about their “Farm Animal Well-Being Advisory Panel,” which ALDF fears is nothing more than a “greenwashing” publicity stunt, to try to reform their damaged image. Why is Tyson’s image so tarnished? The mega-corporation relies on controversially cruel “broiler houses” for its production of chicken, for one thing. It also relies on intensive “gestation crates” for pregnant sows, though it changes the name of the crates to mislead the public—these styles of crates are banned in nine states for animal cruelty. If that’s not enough, undercover investigations continue to blow the lid off the systematic abuse of animals in Tyson supplier slaughterhouses.

Yet, whether causing animal suffering or public health and safety scares with massive food recalls, Tyson gets away with leading consumers to think it treats animals humanely, and that its food products are safe for human consumption. This is why ALDF has petitioned the Federal Trade Commission to stop Tyson Foods from its false advertising. We have been successful so far, as Tyson has modified its website claims to animal welfare significantly since our petition—but not nearly far enough.

And that is why ALDF needs you. Salmonella outbreaks and food safety recalls from the nation’s biggest supplier are alarming—and extremely dangerous, especially for older people, infants, pregnant women, and those with impaired immune systems. Symptoms of Salmonella include abdominal cramps, fever, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and develop 12 to 72 hours after infection.

If you would like more information, or if you or someone you know has gotten sick from Tyson chicken products, or been deceived by Tyson’s animal welfare statements—please contact ALDF immediately at

This is an attorney advertisement coordinated by Danny Lutz for the Animal Legal Defense Fund, (headquartered in Cotati, California).

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