June 25, 2019

Aspen Foods Recalls Frozen Breaded Chicken for Salmonella

Aspen Foods is recalling 1,978,680 pounds of frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis. These products are linked to a Salmonella outbreak in Minnesota. They were sold under multiple brand names. These products were produced between April 15, 2015 and July 10, 2015 with "best if used by" dates between July 14, 2016 and October 10, 2016. The product has the establishment number "P-1358" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The products were shipped to stores and food service locations nationwide. FSIS was notified of a Salmonella outbreak on June 23, 2015. Three case-patients have been identified in Minnesota. This is the second Salmonella outbreak in that state: the first is linked to recalled Barber Foods frozen, raw, … [Read more...]

Advice for Consumers About Recalled Barber Foods Chicken

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released advice to consumers about the Salmonella outbreak linked to Barber Foods frozen raw chicken products and the subsequent recall. At least seven people in Minnesota and Wisconsin are sick in one outbreak after consuming this product. Another outbreak has sickened two people, but that is by a different strain of Salmonella bacteria. Check your freezer to see if you have any of the recalled products. This long list is: Barber Foods Chicken Salmonella Recall List. Those products include products with the brand names Meijer and Sysco too. In addition, Omaha Steaks has recalled some of their products produced by Barber. These products were shipped to retail locations nationwide and in Canada. Some were available for purchase … [Read more...]

Another MN Salmonella Outbreak: Raw Tuna

The Minnesota Department of Health has announced that two Minnesota residents sickened with salmonellosis are linked to frozen raw tuna. They are part of a larger national outbreak that was linked to spicy tuna rolls purchased at a grocery store and workplace cafeteria. The outbreak strain of Salmonella was found in sealed bags of frozen raw tuna from the lot used to make the spicy tuna rolls eaten by one of the patients. This tuna was packaged in frozen, vacuum-sealed bags without a brand name. The labels identify the product: lot number 68568 and Indonesia as the country of origin. The tuna was distributed by Osamu Corporation of Gardena, California. Retail stores should not sell and consumers should not eat tuna from this lot. Grocery stores should check their supply for … [Read more...]

Minnesota Hit Hard by Barber Foods Chicken Salmonella Outbreak

Most of the Salmonella cases linked to recalled Barber Foods frozen raw breaded stuffed chicken products have been in Minnesota, even though the products were sold nationwide. At least five people in that state have been sickened by the Barber Foods chicken products; another outbreak with a different Salmonella strain has also been reported in Minnesota. Using the multiplier of 30.3 for Salmonella outbreaks, since these illnesses are so underreported, means that more than 200 people could be sick just in Minnesota. Barber Foods has recalled more than 1.7 million pounds of their products as a result of this outbreak.   One of the problems with this product is that the breading on the chicken can fall off. If the breading is contaminated with Salmonella bacteria, which is … [Read more...]

CDC Updates Barber Foods Chicken Salmonella Outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated their investigation into the two Salmonella Enteritidis outbreaks in Minnesota and Wisconsin. One of the outbreaks is linked to Barber Foods frozen, raw, chicken products. In one outbreak, six people infected with this pathogenic bacteria are from Minnesota (5) and Wisconsin (1). Two persons have been hospitalized. In the other, three people infected with a different Salmonella strain in Minnesota have been reported. Two of those people have been hospitalized. Illness onset dates range from April 5, 2015 to June 23, 2015. No new illnesses have been reported since July 8, 2015. The recall of Barber Foods raw chicken products was expanded on July 12, 2015 to include more than 1.7 million pounds of food. The products … [Read more...]

Barber Foods Chicken Kiev Salmonella Outbreak Grows

The Salmonella outbreak linked to Barber Foods frozen, raw, stuffed Chicken Kiev has sickened two more people according to the USDA. Based on epidemiological evidence and traceback investigations, six case-patients have been identified in Minnesota and Wisconsin. That is an increase of two patients since the last update 5 days ago. Those patients became ill from April 5, 2015 to June 23, 2015. They are sick with Salmonella Enteritidis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has not updated their investigation report since July 8, 2015. Barber Foods has expanded the recall of their product to include more than 1.7 million pounds. The original recall on July 2, 2015 was for 58,000 pounds. The government is concerned that some product is still in consumer's freezers. … [Read more...]

Minnesota Salmonella Outbreak in 2014 Linked to Chicken Kiev

A Salmonella enteritidis outbreak in 2014 in Minnesota was linked to Antioch Farms Chicken Kiev from the Aspen Foods Division of Koch Foods. At least six people were sickened in this outbreak. Illness onset dates ranged from August 17, 2014 to September 27, 2014. Among the six patients, one was hospitalized, and no deaths were reported. All of the patients ate Aspen Foods Chicken Kiev before they got sick. Samples of the product collected by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture tested positive for the outbreak strain of Salmonella. The product was recalled on October 24, 2014. More than 28,000 pounds of single 5 ounce plastic packets of Raw Stuffed Chicken Breast Breaded, Boneless Breast of Chicken with Rib Meat "A La Kiev" was recalled from the marketplace. The product was sold … [Read more...]

Salmonella Outbreak in 2013 Linked to Tahini Sesame Paste

A Salmonella outbreak linked to tahini (sesame paste) in 2013 sickened 16 people in 9 states. There were two outbreaks strains of Salmonella: Salmonella Montevideo and Salmonella Mbandaka. One person was hospitalized and died, although the Salmonella infection wasn't considered a contributing factor in that person's death. Tahini is used to make hummus, or a spread made of pureed chickpeas, and is usually not cooked before eating. Attorney Fred Pritzker, who represents people sickened in food poisoning outbreaks, said, "People who purchase products that are ready to eat should not be sickened by pathogenic bacteria. It's the responsibility of the producer, the importer, and stores that sell this product to make sure foods are safe and wholesome."   Traceback investigations … [Read more...]

Minnesota E. coli Lawyer Lauds State Health Department

Minnesota’s food poisoning investigators had a busy year with outbreaks in 2014, successfully tracing the cause of three separate clusters of E. coli hospitalizations and two waves of Salmonella infections. The efforts undoubtedly protected more people from contracting pathogen-related illnesses and gave victims of the solved outbreaks a chance to hold the purveyors accountable. A review by Food Poisoning Bulletin shows that four of the outbreaks had implications beyond the state’s borders, including findings of E. coli O157:H7 in celery that came from the Salinas Valley; E. coli O111 in cabbage purchased by units of a national restaurant chain  and Salmonella Enteritidis in a frozen chicken breast product mass-produced in Illinois for the American retail market. “The Minnesota … [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...]

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