2 Million Pounds of Chicken Recalled Due to Salmonella Link

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Yaneff_170715The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced that Chicago-based Aspen Foods is recalling approximately two million pounds of frozen and raw chicken products that they believe were contaminated with Salmonella enteritidis. The recall comes after three people from Minnesota became infected with Salmonella between May 9 and June 8.

Aspen Foods, a Koch Poultry Company division, has recalled a total of 1,978,680 pounds of raw, frozen, stuffed, and breaded chicken produced between April 15 and July 10. The products have “best if used by” dates listed between July 14, 2016 and October 16, 2016.

The chicken products affected include broccoli and cheese, chicken Kiev, buffalo-style chicken, chicken parmesan, and cordon bleu. Inside the USDA inspection mark, the recalled products will contain the establishment number “P-1358.” The most common brands linked with the recall include Spartan, Safeway Kitchens, Roundy’s, Acclaim, Buckley Farms, Chestnut Farms, Koch Foods, Rose, Sysco, Shaner’s, Schwan’s, Centrella Signature, Antioch Farms, Rosebud Farm, Oven Cravers, Market Day, Family Favorites, and Kirkwood.

Earlier this week, Barber Food also recalled 1.7 million pounds of raw, stuffed, and frozen chicken products, like cordon bleu and chicken Kiev, that were at risk of Salmonella contamination. Affected Barber products contain the “P-276” identification number in the USDA inspection mark.

The chicken products have been sold nationwide to companies such as Walmart and Kroger. Consumers can return the chicken products for a full refund at either store.

The consumption of Salmonella-contaminated foods can cause gastroenteritis, bacterial foodborne illnesses, enteric or typhoid fevers, and other serious health risks. Common reactions from gastroenteritis include vomiting, nausea, headaches, stomach cramps, fever, and muscle pains. Symptoms will often develop within 12 to 72 hours after being exposed.

Murray’s Chicken also recalled gluten-free breaded chicken breast nuggets from Bell & Evans on Wednesday. In this instance, the bacterial contamination threat was Staphylococcal enterotoxin.

Last year, there was an outbreak known as the Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak that began March 1, 2013 and ended July 11, 2014. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it made 634 sick people in 29 states and Puerto Rico.

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