October 18, 2021

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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