Raw Frozen Breaded Stuffed Chicken Products Salmonella Outbreak News – The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS), and public health and regulatory officials in multiple states are collecting data to investigate a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis (Salmonella) infections linked to raw frozen breaded stuffed chicken products.
Raw Frozen Breaded Stuffed Chicken Products Salmonella Outbreak Information
On June 2, 2021, the CDC issued a notice of an investigation into a multi-state Salmonella outbreak linked to raw frozen breaded stuffed chicken products.
To date, 17 people, in 6 states, have been infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Enteritidis. The illness dates have ranged from February 21, 2021 to may 7, 2021. Sick people range in age from 3 to 83 years old. Out of data available on 13 of the 17 individuals, 8 have been hospitalized.
Note: Per the CDC, the true number of sick people in an outbreak is often higher than the number of reported cases, and the outbreak may not be limited to the states with known illnesses. CDC officials will update numbers as they become available.
Whole Genome Sequencing has shown that bacteria from sick people’s samples are closely related genetically. This means that the individuals in this Salmonella outbreak likely got sick from the same source. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture collected five raw frozen breaded stuffed chicken products for testing from a grocery store where an ill person had purchased these products. The outbreak strain (Enteritidis) was identified in two samples of Kirkwood’s Chicken Cordon Bleu.
Further, state and local public health officials have been interviewing affected persons about the food they ate the week before becoming ill. Of the 12 people interviewed, 10 reported preparing and ingesting frozen breaded stuffed chicken products. People reported buying different brands of raw frozen breaded stuffed chicken products from multiple stores. 7 of the individuals reported that they prepared the product at home in the following ways: undercooking, microwaving, or air frying.
Per the USDA-FSIS:
“Use an oven to cook raw chicken products thoroughly to 165°F. Never use a microwave or an air fryer to cook raw chicken products. Carefully read the labels on frozen chicken products to know if they are raw. They may still contain raw chicken even if they are breaded, browned, or stuffed. Never eat raw or undercooked chicken.”
So far, illnesses have been reported in Arizona (1), Illinois (6), Indiana (3), Michigan (1), Minnesota (4), and New York (2).
Common symptoms of salmonellosis (Salmonella infection) may include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating a contaminated food product. Illness usually lasts from about 4 to 7 days. Most people recover without treatment, however, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Older adults, infants, and persons with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness.
Questions or concerns about foodborne illness should be directed to your health care provider.
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