A Minnesota couple has filed the first Salmonella lawsuit against Barber Foods in the latest outbreak associated with Chicken Kiev and other boxed, frozen chicken entrees. The Minnesota Department of Health confirmed the connection between the man’s salmonellosis and the strain of Salmonella apparent in the outbreak. The suit was filed on Thursday in U.S. District Court on the couple’s behalf.
“The manufacturers of Chicken Kiev and other similar frozen chicken products are in denial about how dangerous their products can be,” said attorney Ryan Osterholm. “This is not the first outbreak linked to these products and won’t be the last unless the industry makes real changes.”
The case patient represented in the federal lawsuit got sick in early April, soon after consuming Chicken Kiev that was cooked according to label instructions, the lawsuit states. Diarrhea, fever, painful cramps, chills and headache sent him to the doctor’s office repeatedly until he tested positive for Salmonella Enteritidis. The state Health Department has confirmed at least five other outbreak cases linked to Barber Chicken Kiev and the company has issued two recalls, including this week’s Barber Foods expanded recall of 1,707,494 pounds of frozen, raw stuffed chicken products.
According to health officials, the Chicken Kiev Salmonella outbreak case patients became ill from April 5 through June 8. The six laboratory-confirmed cases in this outbreak, including one in Wisconsin, have ranged in age from 19 to 82 years. No deaths have been reported, but two were hospitalized. Most case patients are from the Twin Cities metropolitan area of Minneapolis, St. Paul and surrounding suburbs. Osterholm said they are continuing to accept cases from people who were sickened in the outbreak, which has attracted national attention.