June 26, 2022

Serenade Foods Frozen Stuffed Chicken Recalled For Salmonella

Serenade Foods frozen stuffed chicken breasts are being recalled for possible Salmonella enteritidis contamination. These products may be associated with a multistate Salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 28 people in eight states. Way back in June 2021, one of Food Poisoning Bulletin's journalists, Carla Gillispie, identified Serenade Foods' products as items that may be tied to this outbreak. The CDC investigation has not been officially updated since June 2, 2021, but at that time the notice said that 17 people in six states are sick. The last illness onset date has been updated to June 28, 2021. That investigation should be updated soon. The recalled items were produced on February 24 and 25, 2021. They include: 5 ounce individually plastic-wrapped packages of … [Read more...]

Chicken and Salmonella is Focus of Consumer Reports Recommendations

With the new Salmonella outbreak linked to frozen raw breaded stuffed chicken breasts in mind, Consumer Reports is issuing their recommendations on the problem of chicken and Salmonella in this country. The article focuses on the tragic story of Noah C., a child sickened in the 2013 Foster Farms's chicken Salmonella Heidelberg outbreak that also sickened more than 600 Americans. The child suffered a severe infection that caused a brain abscess. He had to undergo brain surgery and faced, and still faces, a daunting recovery. The law firm of Pritzker Hageman, which underwrites Food Poisoning Bulletin, represented Noah and his family and obtained a $6.5 million verdict against Foster Farms, which attributed 30% of the fault to the huge poultry processor. Consumer Reports writes that … [Read more...]

Illinois Breaded Chicken Breast Salmonella Outbreak Includes Six Patients

The Illinois breaded chicken breast Salmonella outbreak includes six patients, more than one-third of the 17 total illnesses in six states. The other patients live in Minnesota, Arizona, Indiana, Michigan, and New York. Eight people have been hospitalized, which is a very high percentage for a Salmonella outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that the number of people sickened in this outbreak is likely much higher than the total reported so far. That's because most people who contract this infection do not see a doctor and recover without medical attention. In fact, the multiplier researchers use for Salmonella outbreaks is around 30, meaning that there could be more than 500 people sickened in this one particular outbreak. Most of those sickened in … [Read more...]

New Salmonella Weltevreden Outbreak on FDA Core Investigation Table

A new Salmonella Weltevreden outbreak has been posted on the FDA's Core Outbreak Investigation Table. At least six people have been sickened in this outbreak. According to the table, traceback has been initiated, but officials do not yet know what caused these illnesses, or what food may have caused this outbreak. There is also no information about illness onset dates or the patient age ranges, or if anyone has been hospitalized. Of the seven outbreaks listed on that table so far this year, four have been reported on by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and three have been solved. The Listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to Abuelito Hispanic-style fresh and soft cheeses, ended in May 2021. The Salmonella Duisburg and Salmonella Urbana outbreak linked to Jules … [Read more...]

Four in Minnesota Sickened in Breaded Chicken Salmonella Outbreak

There are four in Minnesota sickened in a breaded chicken Salmonella outbreak, with at least 13 others in five other states. Eight people have been hospitalized because they are so sick. Minnesota played a large part in potentially solving this outbreak. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture collected five raw frozen breaded stuffed chicken products from a grocery store where an ill person shopped. The outbreak strain was found in two samples of Kirkwood's Chicken Cordon Bleu. There may be more brands of these types of products involved in this outbreak, since patients have told public health investigators that they purchased and ate many different brands of raw frozen breaded stuffed chicken products from multiple stores. The flavors that patients reported buying include … [Read more...]

Raw Breaded Stuffed Chicken Under Public Health Alert for Outbreak

The USDA has issued a public health alert for frozen raw breaded stuffed chicken breast products in relation to a Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak. This outbreak has been identified by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has having sickened at least 17 people in six states, hospitalizing eight of them. These items may be labeled "chicken cordon bleu," chicken with “broccoli and cheese," or "chicken Kiev." FSIS suspects that there may be a link between the frozen raw breaded pre-browned stuffed chicken products and this illness cluster. The illness onset dates mentioned in the public alert notice and the CDC outbreak announcement match. Even though this alert is being issued to remind consumers about the proper handling and cooking of raw chicken, it is illegal to … [Read more...]

How Should You Handle and Cook Frozen Raw Breaded Chicken Breasts?

A new Salmonella outbreak that has sickened at least 17 people is linked to frozen raw breaded stuffed chicken breasts. Sixty-two percent of these patients have been hospitalized because they are so sick. And unfortunately, this is not the first time a serious outbreak has been linked to these types of products. How should you handle and cook frozen raw breaded stuffed chicken? In Canada in 2018 and 2019, almost 600 people were sickened by a Salmonella outbreak linked to frozen raw breaded chicken. Also in 2018, an outbreak in the U.S. was linked to Ruby's Pantry frozen breaded raw chicken. In 2015, two outbreaks linked to these products that were made by Aspen Foods and Barber Foods sickened at least 20 people in the United States. And remember that in Salmonella outbreaks, case … [Read more...]

New Raw Breaded Stuffed Chicken Salmonella Outbreak Sickens 17

A new raw breaded stuffed chicken Salmonella outbreak has sickened at least 17 people in six states, according to a notice posted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Eight people have been hospitalized because they are so sick, which is very high for a Salmonella outbreak. The typical hospitalization rate for this type of infection is just 20%. The USDA has issued a vague public health alert warning consumers about this type of product and stating safe cooking instructions.  The warning covers items that are labeled "chicken cordon bleu," "chicken with broccoli and cheese," or "chicken Kiev." The government is collecting different types of data to investigate these illnesses. The patient case count by state is: Arizona (1) Illinois (6), Indiana (3), Michigan … [Read more...]

Raw Breaded Stuffed Chicken Suspected in New Salmonella Outbreak

Raw breaded stuffed chicken is suspected as the possible cause in a new Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak on the USDA's Outbreak Investigation Table. The table does not state how many people are sick, illnesss onset dates, or any information about the status of the outbreak investigation. If true, this is not the first outbreak linked to raw breaded stuffed chicken. One of the issues with this type of product is that it looks as though it is cooked, but it's actually raw and needs to be cooked to 165°F before eating. The label on these products states that the chicken is raw and must be cooked. Another issue is cooking this type of product in the microwave oven. That appliance can heat food unevenly and can leave cold spots where bacteria are not destroyed. Finally, the breading on … [Read more...]

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