July 13, 2015 — Barber Foods is recalling more than 1.7 million pounds of raw frozen chicken products after health officials reported a cluster of eight Salmonella illnesses in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announcement, the recall began with one specific line of chicken Kiev, but expanded to include dozens of different products that had “contact with contaminated source material.”
It is an expansion of a recall announced on July 2.
Barber Foods recalled products produced between February 17 and May 30, including chicken breast stuffed with broccoli and cheese, asparagus and cheese, and ham and cheese. Chicken fingers, chicken Kiev, and Cordon Bleu were also recalled.
The full list of recalled items can be found here.
The problem is that the raw stuffed chicken breasts may appear pre-cooked because they are breaded and sold in the same section of stores as pre-cooked chicken entrees. Health officials recommend handling the product carefully to avoid cross-contamination and heating it to 165º F.
Consumption of Salmonella is one of the most common causes of food poisoning. It usually causes diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever for 4-7 days. Most patients recover without treatment, but it can be severe for people with vulnerable immune systems, including young children and older adults.
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