December 18, 2018

Kosher Chicken Salmonella Outbreak Ends With 25 Sick, Lawsuits Possible

The kosher chicken Salmonella outbreak that was associated with Empire Kosher brand has ended, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with 25 patients in 6 states. Eleven people were hospitalized in this outbreak, which is a very high percentage for a Salmonella outbreak. The Salmonella that sickened those people is Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:-. Epidemiologic, traceback, and laboratory evidence found that some kosher chicken products were contaminated with the outbreak strain. The outbreak strain was found in samples of raw chicken collected from two facilities, including one that processes Empire Kosher brand chicken. The case count by state is: Maryland (1)< Massachusetts (2), New York (16), Ohio (1), Pennsylvania (4), and Virginia (1). Illness onset dates … [Read more...]

Salmonella Enteritidis Outbreak in Canada Linked to Frozen Raw Breaded Chicken Updated

The Public Health Agency of Canada is updating its investigation into the Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak linked store frozen raw breaded chicken products. The government is warning consumers that they must follow proper food safety practices when handling, preparing, or eating these products, which include chicken nuggets, chicken strips, chicken burgers, popcorn chicken, and chicken fries. When these products aren't thoroughly cooked, they pose an increased risk to people who handle, prepare, and eat them. These foods are often pre-browned and can appear cooked, but they are raw. All frozen raw breaded chicken products and raw chicken pieces must be cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F before they are safe to eat. Whole chickens should be cooked to 180°F. Since May 2017, … [Read more...]

Multidrug Resistant Salmonella Infantis Chicken Outbreak Hits Consumers in MA, NY, PA, NJ, OH Hard

The multidrug resistant Salmonella Infantis outbreak linked to raw chicken has hit consumers in Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania hard. Those states have 46 of the 92 patients who have been sickened in this multidrug-resistant Salmonella outbreak. We don't know why the outbreak has been concentrated in the northeast United States. While outbreaks are often limited to a certain geographical area, officials do not have a specific company or product that is linked to this outbreak. And there are illnesses in the southern U.S., the midwest, and the west coast as well. There are two big concerns about this Salmonella Infantis outbreak. The first is that the bacteria is resistant to so many antibiotics. That means that people may be sicker, and that their … [Read more...]

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro on Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Raw Chicken

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro has issued a statement about the multidrug-resistant Salmonella outbreak linked to raw chicken products that has sickened 92 people in 29 states. She is concerned that five years ago, she expressed concern to the USDA and CDC about another antibiotic-resistant Salmonella outbreak that sickened more than 600 people. And the same thing has happened again. The new outbreak was announced by the CDC on October 16, 2018. She writes, "Five years ago to the day, I wrote a letter with my former colleague, the late Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, to CDC and USDA regarding their mismanaged investigation and lack of action in response to an antibiotic-resistant strain of Salmonella that contaminated chicken products across the country. 634 were infected across 29 … [Read more...]

Multidrug-Resistant Salmonella Infantis Infections Linked to Raw Chicken

Multidrug-resistant Salmonella Infantis infections have sickened at least 92 people in 29 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Twenty-one of those patients have been hospitalized because they are so sick. The case count by state is: Alabama (1), California (1), Connecticut (1), Delaware (2), Florida (2), Georgia (2), Hawaii (1), Illinois (5), Indiana (1), Kentucky (1), Louisiana (1), Maine (1), Maryland (2), Massachusetts (9), Michigan (3), Minnesota (3), Missouri (3), North Carolina (4), Nebraska (1), New Jersey (9), New York (10), Ohio (7), Pennsylvania (11), Rhode Island (2), South Carolina (1), Tennessee (1), Texas (2), Virginia (2), and Washington (2). There is no explanation for why this multidrug-resistant Salmonella Infantis outbreak seems to … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak in Canada Linked to Frozen Raw Breaded Chicken Products Not Over After All

The Salmonella outbreak in Canada that is linked to frozen raw breaded chicken products is not over after all, according to Public Health Canada. In fact, a new recall was just issued for Unbranded $10 Chicken Fries, because they too may be contaminated with Salmonella bacteria. The outbreak has grown since the last update on September 17, 2018. Fourteen more people have been diagnosed and added to this outbreak since then. As of October 2, 2018, there are 433 laboratory-confirmed illnesses across that country. The case count in this Salmonella outbreak in Canada, by province is: British Columbia (36), Alberta (64), Saskatchewan (14), Manitoba (20), Ontario (151), Quebec (101), New Brunswick (23), Nova Scotia (9), Prince Edward Island (1), Newfoundland and Labrador (10), … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Frozen Raw Breaded Chicken Products Ends in Canada

The Salmonella outbreak in Canada that is linked to frozen raw breaded chicken products has ended with 419 people sick. Eighty six people have been hospitalized because they were so ill. Three people died, but according to Public Health Canada, "Salmonella was not the cause of death for two of those individuals, and it was not determined whether Salmonella contributed to the cause of death for the third individual." The case count by province is: British Columbia (36), Alberta (60), Saskatchewan (13), Manitoba (19), Ontario (146), Quebec (98), New Brunswick (23), Nova Scotia (9), Prince Edward Island (1), Newfoundland and Labrador (10), Northwest Territories (1), Yukon (1), and Nunavut (2). The outbreak notice states that "infections have occurred in Canadians of all ages and … [Read more...]

Kosher Chicken Linked to Deadly Salmonella Outbreak; Lawsuits Possible

Kosher chicken is linked to a deadly Salmonella outbreak that has sickened 17 people in four states and has hospitalized eight patients. One person in New York has died, according to the CDC. In interviews several ill persons reported that they ate Empire Kosher brand chicken. Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicates that some kosher chicken products are contaminated with Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:-. The outbreak strain of bacteria was identified in samples of raw kosher chicken that were collected from two facilities, including one facility that processes Empire Kosher brand chicken. The four states where patients live include Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The illness onset dates range from September 25, 2017 to June 4, 2018. The CDC began investigating … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak May Be Linked to Empire Kosher Poultry Raw Chicken

A Salmonella I 4,[5],12:i:- outbreak may be linked to Empire Kosher Poultry brand raw chicken products, according to the USDA. A "cluster of illnesses" in the northeastern and mid-Atlantic U.S. states has sickened an unnamed number of people. This outbreak has not been announced by the CDC. There is no information about the number of people sickened, the states where they live, or the patient age range, although the notice at the USDA web site did say that half of the case-patients have been hospitalized. Illness onset dates range from September 2017 to June 2018. This is not a recall notice, but a public health alert. The Empire Kosher brand raw chicken items, which may include raw whole chicken, raw chicken parts, were produced and sold to consumers from September 2017 to June … [Read more...]

Salmonella Enteritidis Outbreak in Canada Linked to Frozen Breaded Chicken Grows to 84 Sick

The Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak in Canada that is linked to frozen raw breaded chicken products has grown to include 84 sick people. The outbreak notice says that "poultry, including frozen breaded chicken products containing raw poultry, pose an increased health risk to individuals who handle, prepare or consume these types of foods." Public health officials are warning Canadians to follow food safety practices when they handle, prepare, or consume any type of poultry, including frozen raw breaded chicken products such as chicken nuggets, burgers, strips, and fries. As part of this outbreak investigation, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has recalled No Name brand Chicken Burgers sold in 1 kg packages. The product has a best before date of February 6, 2019. It was sold … [Read more...]

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