September 24, 2016

Salmonella Outbreak at TN Prison Linked to Tyson Chicken

A Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak in 2013 at a Tennessee correctional facility that was linked to mechanically separated Tyson chicken sickened nine people. Twenty-two percent of those sickened were hospitalized; no deaths were reported. All of the ill persons were incarcerated at a single correctional facility in the state. Traceback and other investigations found that mechanically separated chicken produced by Tyson Foods was the source of the 2013 outbreak. Mechanically separated chicken is a paste-like meat product that is made by forcing meat through a sieve to separate bone from the edible part. The product then will have bacteria spread throughout it, similar to ground meats. Since prisoners are literally a "captive audience", it may be considered cruel and unusual punishment … [Read more...]

Chicken Kiev Salmonella Outbreak Watched in New Hampshire

New Hampshire has become the latest state to warn consumers about a food poisoning concern over Antioch Farms brand Raw Stuffed Chicken Breast Breaded Boneless Breast of Chicken with Rib Meat "A La Kiev.''  The partially prepared chicken kiev product was recalled late last month by the Aspen Foods Division of Koch Meats in Chicago after the Minnesota Department of Health linked it to an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis. The Minnesota investigation confirmed a match between the strain of Salmonella that infected case patients and chicken samples that tested positive for the same strain. The chicken kiev Salmonella recall was announced through USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service. In New Hampshire, the product was distributed to Shaw's stores and has since been removed from those … [Read more...]

Chicken Kiev Salmonella Outbreak Raised Red Flag in MN

When six people in Minnesota developed Salmonella poisoning after eating Antioch Farms frozen raw chicken Kiev, health officials suspected it wasn't a clear-cut case of user error.  Labeling changes for frozen products containing raw meat or poultry enacted in 2008 had completely eliminated outbreaks associated with such products. Then this one came along. Dr. Carlota Medus, epidemiologist for the Foodborne Diseases Unit at Minnesota Department of Health, told Food Poisoning Bulletin that that raised a red flag. Something must have changed with the chicken. As per the 2008 label rule, the packages of chicken Kiev were clearly marked as raw and did not have microwave instructions. During interviews, some patients said they carefully followed cooking instructions.  This could mean that … [Read more...]

Antioch Farms Chicken Kiev Recalled in Salmonella Outbreak

More than 14 tons of Antioch Farms Chicken Kiev is being recalled by its Illinois manufacturer as part of a federal regulatory investigation of a Minnesota Salmonella outbreak linked to the frozen, ready-to-cook product. The Class I food recall was requested by the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) in conjunction with a well-documented cluster of six Salmonella Enteritidis illnesses in Minnesota. One of the food poisoning victims was hospitalized. The illness onset dates have ranged from August 17 through September 27 and the investigation is ongoing. Chicago-based Aspen Foods Division of Koch Meats is recalling 28,980 pounds of single five-ounce plastic packets of Raw Stuffed Chicken Breast Breaded, Boneless Breast of Chicken with Rib Meat “A La Kiev”.  The products … [Read more...]

Mt. Healthy Hatchery Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Live Poultry Ends

The CDC says that the multistate outbreak of human Salmonella infections linked to live poultry in backyard flocks appears to be over. However, consumers should take steps to protect themselves from this pathogenic bacteria if they choose to keep chickens, ducks, and turkey. Mt. Healthy Hatcheries in Ohio was the source of chicks and ducklings, as determined by multiple traceback investigations. This is the same mail-order hatchery that has been associated with multiple outbreaks of Salmonella infections linked to live poultry in 2012 and 2013. A total of 363 people in 43 states and Puerto Rico were infected with outbreak strains of Salmonella Infantis, Salmonella Newport, or Salmonella Hadar. Thirty-three percent of ill persons were hospitalized. No deaths were reported. The … [Read more...]

Foster Farms Salmonella Chicken Recall Updated

The recall of Foster Farms chicken products for Salmonella contaminated has been updated to "clarify and correct" the use or freeze by and best by date ranges. The government is also adding an updated product list. At the same time, the USDA says the recall is not expanded. These products are associated with a huge Salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 621 people in the U.S. The recalled product is fresh and frozen chicken sold under Foster Farms or private label brand names with "use or freeze by" dates ranging from March 16 through March 31, 2014, and August 29, 2015 through September 2, 2015. Also recalled are frozen Sunland Chicken products with "best by" dates from March 7 through March 11, 2014 and August 29 2015 through September 2, 2015. Consumers will only be able … [Read more...]

Salmonella Lawyer Represents Child Sickened in Foster Farms Chicken Outbreak

Attorney Fred Pritzker of PritzkerOlsen is representing a child who required brain surgery after suffering from complications of a Salmonella infection. The strain of Salmonella Heidelberg that sickened the child has been linked to adulterated chicken produced by Foster Farms. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that as of December 19, 2013, the seven Salmonella Heidelberg strains linked to Foster Farms chicken have sickened 416 people in 23 states. The outbreak strains associated with Foster Farms products are resistant to several commonly prescribed antibiotics, a factor that may have contributed to the 40% rate of hospitalization, double the average hospitalization rate associated with Salmonella. Salmonella causes diarrhea, fever and severe abdominal cramping. While … [Read more...]

Foster Farms Chicken Lawsuit Will Focus on Antibiotic Resistance

USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is more than half way through a 90-day period of intensified sampling and testing of chicken products from Foster Farms chicken plants in California as part of the government response to a large and unusual outbreak of Salmonella Heidelberg. While it is not uncommon for raw poultry from any producer to contain Salmonella, the presence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria as seen in the Foster Farms outbreak is unusual, California State Health Officer Ron Chapman has said. Food poisoning lawyer Fred Pritzker said the large scale of the outbreak -- including 288 illnesses in California alone -- and the antibiotic resistance of the Salmonella will make for important, powerful litigation. Pritzker is president and lead attorney of a firm that … [Read more...]

Foster Farms Chicken Salmonella Outbreak Creeps Along

It has been one month since the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued a Public Health Alert due to concerns that illnesses caused by Salmonella Heidelberg are associated with chicken products produced by Foster Farms at three facilities in California. Since that time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has updated its count of how many people have been sickened in an outbreak that does not appear to be over but has slowed down since public agencies and food poisoning experts in law and academia have called attention to the threat. Meanwhile, attorneys for victims have been moving on Foster Farms chicken litigation to win recoveries and Salmonella lawyer Fred Pritzker said his firm is continuing to accept new cases. "For victims of … [Read more...]

Extra Danger in Foster Farms Chicken Salmonella Outbreak

The type of Salmonella making people sick in the Foster Farms chicken outbreak is putting victims in the hospital at an alarming rate, has proven to be resistant to antibiotics and is causing blood infections at an abnormally high rate, according to state and federal infectious disease experts. Foodborne pathogens that are resistant to drug treatment aren't new, officials say, but the Foster Farms outbreak is a clear example of how food safety is becoming more important. "With so many people being treated at hospitals for illnesses related to food poisoning by Foster Farms, this outbreak is showing more and more people what a burden it can be to stack contaminated food into our grocery aisles,'' said Fred Pritzker, a food safety lawyer representing victims of the outbreak. Pritzker said … [Read more...]

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