Food Safety Alert: Outbreak of Salmonella in Breaded Chicken Products

Overview: In August and September 2014, an outbreak of Salmonella Enteriditis sickened six people in Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). One of the six was hospitalized.

The outbreak has prompted a recall of 28,980 pounds of chicken by the Chicago, Illinois-based, Aspen Foods Division of Koch Meats. The recalled product is “Antioch Farms brand A La Kiev” raw stuffed chicken breast, which has been distributed to grocery stores in Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, New Hampshire, Nevada, Rhode Island, Vermont, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming. The product bears a U.S. Department of Agriculture stamped code of P-1358.

You can read the Minnesota Department of Health report here.

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The Investigation: State health and agriculture departments in Minnesota are investigating possible illnesses caused by the contaminated chicken product. To date, six patients in Minnesota have been sickened with the same strain of Salmonella Enteriditis linked to this recall. All of the patients interviewed ate foods affected by the current recall, specifically the frozen chicken entrees packaged by Aspen Foods Division of Koch Meats.

You can read the USDA’s recall notice here.

About S. Enteriditis: S. Enteritidis are among the most common of the disease-causing serotypes of Salmonella. Outbreaks of S. Enteriditis occur in most regions of the United States, where eggs and poultry products have been a notorious food vector. Symptoms typically include fever and abdominal cramps for 12-72 hours. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. While symptoms can subside on their own without antibiotics or hospitalization, infants, the elderly, and the immune-compromised may suffer more severe symptoms and death. If you think you may have symptoms of Salmonella infection, seek medical attention immediately.

More information about S. Enteriditis can be found here.

For Consumers: Antioch Farms brand “A La Kiev” raw stuffed chicken breast was distributed to grocery stores in Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, New Hampshire, Nevada, Rhode Island, Vermont, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Look for raw, frozen chicken entrees in your refrigerator or freezer with the stamped code “P-1358.” If you have purchased this recalled product, do not eat it.

If you are concerned that you may have eaten this recalled product, or you are experiencing symptoms similar to those caused by S. Enteriditis, seek medical attention immediately. If you are concerned that a grocery store where you have recently purchased food has been affected by the recall, call the store to find out.

A full list of the restaurant distributors and grocery stores affected by the recall can be found here.

 

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