WASHINGTON – A Tyson Foods Inc. facility in Sedalia, Mo. recalled approximately 33,840 lbs. of mechanically separated chicken products on concerns the items may be contaminated with Salmonella Heidelberg, the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service reported Jan. 10.

The product sickened seven inmates at a Tennessee correctional facility. Two inmates were hospitalized. Epidemiological and traceback investigations by FSIS and the Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) linked the illnesses to mechanically separated chicken produced by Tyson Foods. FSIS began investigating the problem after the agency received notification of a cluster of Salmonella Heidelberg illnesses on Dec. 12.

The chicken products were produced on Oct. 11, 2013. Items subject to the recall include 40-lb. cases, containing four, 10-lb. chubs of “TYSON MECHANICALLY SEPARATED CHICKEN.”

The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “P-13556” inside the USDA mark of inspection with case code 2843SDL1412 – 18. These products were shipped for institutional use only, nationwide, FSIS said. The product is not available in retail stores.