10 People Confirmed Sick From Contaminated Stuffed Chicken Breasts

One example of a frozen chicken breast package that's part of this recall.

One example of a frozen chicken breast package that’s part of this recall.

There are two recalls going on right now for stuffed chicken breasts because of the risk that they might be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have figured out who is sick from what: seven of the documented infections resulting from these foods so far are only from the Barber Foods recall, and three are from the larger Koch Foods recall.

Experts know this because they’re able to match bacteria found in the chicken dishes to bacteria found in people who are sick. One strain matches to the three people in Minnesota who are known to be sick from the Koch Foods chicken, and the other seven cases in Minnesota and Wisconsin trace back to the Barber Foods strain.

Check your freezer for frozen chicken breasts with USDA establishment numbers:
P-4230A (a similar recall of Omaha Steaks chicken products)
P-1358 (Aspen Foods)
P-276 (Barber Foods)

Food poisoning outbreaks typically make more people sick than companies and the government announce, since samples are taken only from patients who visit a doctor or who are hospitalized. Some people have no symptoms from Salmonella infections. Typically, they have fever and abdominal distress for four to seven days, but children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems can become more seriously ill and should seek medical attention.

Multistate Outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis Infections Linked to Raw, Frozen, Stuffed Chicken Entrees Produced by Barber Foods [CDC] (via Food Safety News)

2 Million More Stuffed Chicken Breasts Recalled For Possible Salmonella
1.7 Million Pounds Of Barber Foods Chicken Products Recalled For Possible Salmonella

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