July 2, 2015: Minnesota Salmonella Cases Linked to Raw, Frozen, Stuffed Chicken That May Appear Cooked To Consumers

In a press release dated July 2, 2015, the Minnesota Department of Health alerted the public of two recent Minnesota Salmonella outbreaks, both of which were linked to raw, frozen, stuffed, and breaded chicken products that were pre-browned. Although these pre-browned products are raw, they may appear cooked to consumers resulting in under cooking the products, or leading to cross-contamination of kitchen surfaces and utensils with Salmonella.

The two separate Minnesota Salmonella outbreaks were caused by different strains of Salmonella and involved two different products produced by two unrelated companies.

Barber Foods Chicken Kiev Salmonella Enteritidis Outbreak and Barber Foods Chicken Kiev Recall.  The first outbreak was linked to Barber Foods Chicken Kiev, and occurred from April 5, 2015, through June 8, 2015.  A total of four persons were infected with Salmonella Enteritidis resulting in two hospitalizations.

On July 2, 2015, Barber Foods of Portland, Maine announced a recall for approximately 58,320 pounds of frozen, raw stuffed chicken because the product may be contaminated with the foodborne pathogen Salmonella Enteritidis.

The following Chicken Kiev, produced on January 29, 2015; February 20, 2015; and April 23, 2015, is subject to the recall:

• 2-lb. 4-oz. cardboard box containing 6 individually pouched pieces of “BARBER FOODS PREMIUM ENTREES BREADED-BONELESS RAW STUFFED CHICKEN BREASTS WITH RIB MEAT KIEV” with use by/sell by date of April 28, 2016, May 20, 2016 and July 21, 2016 and Lot Code number 0950292102, 0950512101, or 0951132202.

The recalled Barber Foods chicken also bears the establishment number “P-276” inside the USDA mark of inspection, and was shipped to Sam’s Club retail stores in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Antioch Farms brand Cordon Bleu Salmonella Enteritidis Outbreak  Three individuals were sickened with Salmonella after eating Antioch Farms brand Cordon Bleu raw stuffed chicken breast in the second outbreak that occurred from May 9, 2015, to June 8, 2015.  Two of the outbreak victims required hospitalization. The  Antioch Farms chicken product linked to this food poisoning outbreak bears a U.S. Department of Agriculture code “P-1358” and was sold at multiple grocery store chains. Antioch Farms brand Cordon Bleu has not yet been recalled from the market by the company.

Eating foods contaminated with Salmonella can lead to Salmonella food poisoning, also referred to as salmonellosis.  Please see About Salmonella Food Poisoning and Salmonella Symptoms to learn more.

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