Frozen breaded chicken entrees linked to multistate Salmonella outbreak
Source of Article: http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/fs/food-disease/news/oct0708salmonella-jw.html
Oct 7, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently issued a public health alert about the Salmonella infection risk of eating improperly cooked chicken entrees after 32 people in 12 states got sick.
The link between the illnesses and raw, frozen, breaded, prebrowned and stuffed chicken entrees was found during an investigation by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), the USDA said in an Oct 3 public health advisory. The investigation revealed that the illnesses involved the same pulse-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) pattern.
Smith said in the MDH statement that investigators found the outbreak strain in four packages of product from the homes of some of the sick patients and from grocery stores. The products linked to the outbreak are Milford Valley Farms Chicken Cordon Bleu and Chicken Kiev, and the MDH said they are available at many grocery store chains.
Federal guidelines do not require a recall because Salmonella is not considered an adulterant in raw poultry, the MDH said. According to the MDH, products associated with the Salmonella outbreak bear the establishment number "Est. P-2375" inside the USDA mark of inspection. The Chicken Cordon Bleu products have the following code dates printed on the side of the package: C8121, C126, and C8133. Implicated Chicken Kiev products have the code date C149 printed on the side of the package.
The MDH said the recent Salmonella outbreak is the
Though the chicken products are no longer labeled as
In its public health alert, the USDA reminded consumers to follow package cooking instructions for frozen, stuffed raw chicken products and to observe food safety guidelines when handling any raw meat or poultry.
Between Father's Day and early July about 90 Salmonella
infections were reported, according to a Sep 18 report from KDFA,
Though employees received more training in hand washing and food safety, the restaurant closed again for the third time in mid September after the city's public and environmental health departments associated 7 of 10 case-patients who were infected with Salmonella group C with meals they ate at the IHOP restaurant.
J. Rush Pierce, Jr, MD, health authority with the Amarillo Bi-City County Health District, told KDFA yesterday that the water contaminated the outside of the syrup bottles, spreading Salmonella to workers and customers. Officials told the IHOP's store managers to stop using the warm water bath system and that the restaurant should remain closed until sanitization procedures are completed.
Oct 3 USDA public health alert
Oct 3 MDH news release
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