October 28, 2014 — Nearly 30,000 pounds of raw stuffed Chicken Kiev have been recalled due to possible Salmonella contamination and health officials believe a cluster of six illnesses in Minnesota may be linked.
The USDA says the raw, frozen chicken entrees were only sold in Minnesota and have “sell-by” dates of October 1, 2015 and October 7, 2015.
The products were sold by Aspen Foods division of Koch Meats under the “Antioch Farms” brand A La Kiev raw stuffed chicken breast. The products were sold in grocery store chains in single 5-ounce packages with a USDA code of “P-1358.”
According to health officials, six people have reported food poisoning after eating chicken Kiev, including one person who was hospitalized. Onset of illnesses ranges from August 17, 2014 to September 27, 2014.
Samples of products were collected by state investigators and tested positive for Salmonella Enteritidis, which matches the outbreak strain. It is unknown if this strain of Salmonella has drug-resistance, but in the past, hundreds of people have been sickened by antibiotic-resistant outbreaks.
Unlike E. coli, which is considered an adulterant and is not allowed in food, low levels of Salmonella are permitted on chicken products — unless health officials find a specific product that tests positive for the same particular strain of Salmonella that caused illness.
Eating food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, a common type of bacterial food poisoning. The most common symptoms include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps within 12-72 hours after eating the contaminated product. Illness typically lasts 4-7 days, with most people recovering without treatment.
Salmonellosis can be deadly if it invades the bloodstream. Older adults, infants, and people with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop severe or life-threatening illnesses. If you are concerned about an illness, contact a doctor.
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