May 29, 2024

Salmonella an Adulterant? National Chicken Council Bawks

The USDA announced plans this week to make it illegal to sell chicken Kiev and other stuffed, breaded, raw chicken products that are contaminated with Salmonella. Declaring Salmonella an "adulterant" in this subset of the vast array of poultry products available to American consumers is a small step forward in the agency's stated goal of remaking its strategy for controlling Salmonella in poultry. But it made big news. Chair of the House Appropriations Committee Rosa DeLauro (CT-03), who is perhaps the greatest champion of food safety in Congress, released a statement calling the announcement a "vital first step to improved protections for the public from foodborne illness." The Centers for Science in the Public Interest, which along with other consumer groups, petitioned the USDA … [Read more...]

Aspen Foods Salmonella Outbreak Ends

The Salmonella outbreak linked to raw, frozen breaded chicken entrees made by Aspen Foods has ended, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But because these entrees have a long shelf life, agency officials are worried that consumers may still have these products in their freezers. Consumers who do have these products in their freezers should dispose of them in a sealed plastic bag and wash their hands thoroughly. The outbreak associated with these chicken entrees including Chicken Cordon Bleu, Chicken a la Kiev or Chicken Broccoli and Cheese, sickened five people in Minnesota hospitalizing two of them. The products were sold nationwide under the brand names Acclaim, Antioch Farms, Buckley Farms, Centrella Signature, Chestnut Farms, Family … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Aspen Chicken Grows

A Salmonella outbreak linked raw, frozen breaded chicken products from Aspen Foods has sickened five people in Minnesota hospitalizing two of them. The company, which has been linked to other Salmonella outbreaks, has a systemic Salmonella problem, the USDA said two weeks ago. The current outbreak, announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in June, followed another Salmonella outbreak linked to the same products a year earlier. Between August 17, 2014 and September 27, 2014 six people in Minnesota got Salmonella infections from Antioch Farms brand frozen, raw Chicken Kiev produced at the Aspen Foods facility in Chicago. Officials from the Minnesota Department of Health said that during interviews with case patients they learned that some of them followed … [Read more...]

Barber Works to Reduce Salmonella in Stuffed Chicken Entrees After Outbreak, Recall

After being linked to a Salmonella outbreak and recalling 1.7 million-pounds of frozen stuffed chicken entrees, the parent company of Barber Foods of Portland, Maine says it is working to reduce Salmonella at its production facilities. AdvancePierre Foods of Cincinnati, posted a statement on it website dating the company is fully cooperating the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA's FSIS) on the recall and has begun to modify its production practices. AdvancePierre, which generates $1.6 billion in annual revenue, makes packaged sandwiches, fully cooked and uncooked meat products and bakery items for schools, universities, convenience stores, supermarkets and warehouse clubs. The frozen stuffed chicken entrees associated with this outbreak are … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Triggers Recall of Meijer, Sysco, Omaha Steaks, Loblaws No Name Chicken Entrees

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 … [Read more...]

Minnesota Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Barber Chicken Kiev

A Salmonella outbreak linked to Barber brand frozen chicken Kiev has sickened four people in Minnesota.  Two people were hospitalized. The illnesses were reported from April 5 through June 8 among case patients ranging in age from 19 to 82 years. All of the cases were reported in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Barber has issued a recall for the product which was sold at Sam's Club stores in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois and at other stores.  The recalled products have “use by/sell by” dates of April 28, 2016, May 20, 2016 and July 21, 2016 and Lot Code numbers 0950292102, 0950512101, or 0951132202. The establishment number “P-276” appears inside the USDA mark of inspection. This outbreak has occurred at the same time as another Salmonella outbreak linked to raw breaded … [Read more...]

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