July 7, 2015 — Seven people have been sickened with Salmonella in two outbreaks in Minnesota linked to raw frozen chicken dinners sold at grocery stores.
No deaths have been linked to the products. The illnesses occurred in two separate outbreaks with different strains of Salmonella.
According to a warning from the Minnesota Department of Health:
“These chicken products are raw, breaded and pre-browned and often found near pre-cooked products at the grocery store, so even though the current labels state that the product is raw, consumers could mistakenly think the product is pre-cooked.”
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced a recall for approximately 58,320 pounds of chicken kiev from Barber Foods, an establishment based in Portland, Maine. The products were stamped with code P-276. The chicken kiev was produced on January 29, February 20, and April 23. Based on trackback investigations, the products were linked to four cases of Salmonella in patients from Minnesota. All of the victims fell ill between April 5 and June 8.
Another outbreak occurred from May 9 until June 8, when three people fell ill after eating chicken cordon bleu. Two of the victims were hospitalized. The dinners were sold under the Illinois-based Antioch Farms brand and stamped with code P-1358.
Since 1998, the Minnesota Department of Health has recorded nine different Salmonella outbreaks linked to breaded, pre-browned frozen chicken — and three of those outbreaks occurred since 2014. Last October, six people in Minnesota were sickened with Salmonella after eating raw, frozen, breaded and pre-browned, stuffed chicken A La Kiev entrees sold under the Antioch Farms brand. Click here to read more.
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