WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service
(FSIS) is alerting consumers that frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken
products produced by Aspen Foods, a division of Koch Poultry Company, a
Chicago, Ill. establishment have been confirmed as having the same Salmonella
Enteritidis outbreak strain which was part of a July 15, 2015 recall.
Following the July 15th
recall, FSIS has been conducting intensified sampling at this establishment to
ensure that the hazard responsible for the initial contamination has been
controlled by Aspen Foods. Results from FSIS sampling revealed twelve positive
results that match the outbreak strain of Salmonella Enteritidis to Aspen Foods
products. Three illnesses were epidemiologically linked to the original recall
on July 15, 2015. FSIS continues to work with public health partners including
the Minnesota Departments of Health and Agriculture and the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention on this ongoing
FSIS is concerned about all
frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken products produced by Aspen Foods
between July 30, 2015 and September 17, 2015. The twelve positive samples
collected during FSIS’ intensified sampling efforts alerted FSIS to a systemic
problem at the establishment. FSIS cannot have confidence in the safety of any
products produced after July 30, 2015. In addition to issuing this Alert, FSIS
has directed its personnel to detain products covered by this Alert that they
find in commerce because the company has refused to recall the products.
The frozen, raw, stuffed and
breaded chicken items may include the following brands and be labeled as
“chicken cordon bleu,” “chicken Kiev” or “chicken broccoli and cheese” and bear
the establishment number “P-1358” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These
products were shipped to retail location and food service locations nationwide.
These products were labeled with instructions identifying
that the product was uncooked (raw) and included cooking instructions for
As stated in the July 15, 2015
Recall Release, some case-patients reported following the cooking
instructions on the label and using a food thermometer to confirm that the
recommended temperature was achieved. Therefore, FSIS advises consumers not to
eat these products. Special attention should be paid by the food service
industry and food handlers. Using a food thermometer to properly cook these
products will not protect the health of the consuming public.
Consumption of food
contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common
bacterial foodborne illnesses. The most common symptoms of salmonellosis are
diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after exposure to
the organism. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days. Most people recover
without treatment. In some persons, 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.
Individuals concerned about an illness should contact their health care
Consumers who have purchased
these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown
away or returned to the place of purchase. FSIS is concerned that some product
may be in consumers' freezers. Although the products included in this Alert may
appear to be cooked, this product is in fact uncooked (raw) and should be
handled carefully to avoid cross-contamination in the kitchen.
Consumers with food safety
questions can "Ask Karen," the FSIS virtual representative available
24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The
toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is
available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m.
(Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are
available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring
System can be accessed 24 hours a day at:
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