Another manufacturer of chicken has issued their own recall over items that potentially contained salmonella, which made the total pounds of chicken products recalled reach close to 2 million.
The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service division was notified of a cluster of salmonella-related illnesses linked to the Barber products June 24, one day after it became aware of a cluster of illnesses tied to the Aspen Foods recall.
Although the products subject to recall may appear to be cooked, these products are in fact uncooked (raw) and should be handled carefully to avoid cross-contamination in the kitchen.
The three illnesses in Minnesota occurred after people had eaten Antioch Farms brand cordon bleu stuffed chicken breast, which is produced by Aspen Foods. This is the result of 3 people in Minnesota falling ill from salmonella poisoning.
Giant Food Stores LLC announced Monday it removed from sale select stuffed chicken products due to the potential for Salmonella contamination. The product, bearing establishment number “P-516” inside the USDA mark of inspection, was shipped to an establishment for distribution nationwide. Brands associated with the recall include Kirkwood, Roundy’s, Safeway Kitchens and Spartan. A full list of brands is available from the USDA. Common symptoms of Salmonellosis are loose bowel movement, fever, abdominal cramps, and nausea and vomiting.
The sickness usually will last between 4 and 7 days and most people are able to recover without receiving any treatment.
Unopened Barber Foods Chicken Kiev that was collected from an ill person’s home was tested; the outbreak strain of Salmonella was found in one of those packages. A Salmonella infection can cause serious illness, and long term complications of this illness can cause arthritis, heart problems, and irritable bowel disease.
Benjamin Chapman, a food safety specialist, warned that breaded chicken is especially risky because some believe that the meat is already cooked and refrain from cooking it more.
Wash your hands with warm soapy water for 20 seconds before and after handling the raw product.