One of two ongoing Salmonella outbreaks linked to raw, frozen chicken entrees has triggered a recall of 1.7 million pounds of products sold under the brand names Meijer, Sysco, Omaha Steaks, Loblaws No Name, Barber and Western Family. The recalled products include chicken Kiev, chicken Swiss, chicken ham and cheese, chicken asparagus and cheese, chicken Cordon Bleu, chicken Cordon Swiss, chicken in butter, chicken broccoli and swiss, chicken creme brie, chicken garlic butter, chicken parmesan, chicken fingers and Italian chicken tenders. Consumers who have purchased these products should not eat them as Salmonella can cause serious, sometimes fatal infections.
Already seven people in three states; Minnesota, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin, have been sickened by these products which are pre-browned but raw. Two people have been hospitalized.
In Minnesota, a lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a couple who prepared Chicken Kiev entrees according to the directions on the packaging and became severely ill. Salmonella poisoning causes symptoms including diarrhea, abdominal cramping, fever, chills and headache. It occurs when food is contaminated with fecal matter from humans and other animals.
“Salmonella is spread to chicken by contamination of meat with fecal matter. That should not happen. Period,” said food safety attorney Ryan Osterholm, who is representing the couple.
Osterholm said he has been contacted by others who have been sickened by the recalled products. From the beginning of April through the end of June, five illnesses were reported in Minnesota. Oklahoma and Wisconsin have each reported one illness.