The USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Barber Foods, of Portland, Maine, is expanding a recall of frozen, stuffed, raw chicken products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis.
The company recalled approximately 58,000 pounds of a chicken Kiev product on 2 July after it was linked to four cases of salmonellosis in Minnesota. Since then, a further two cases of illness have been identified in Minnesota and Wisconsin and the recall has been expanded to include all products associated with contaminated source material.
Some 30 different products and approximately 1.7 million pounds of material are now covered by the expanded recall. The recalled chicken products are sold under the Barber Foods and Meijer brand names, but all carry the establishment number “P-276” inside the USDA mark of inspection. The recall also extends to products exported to Canada.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and FSIS are now investigating the Salmonella outbreak associated with the recall and are also looking at a further three cases of people infected with a different strain of Salmonella Enteritidis in Minnesota. These are also thought to be linked to raw stuffed chicken products.
FSIS has reminded consumers that, although these products may appear cooked, they are raw and should be handled, prepared and cooked in the same way as other raw meat products.