By Christina Maxouris, CNN
Serenade Foods is recalling nearly 60,000 pounds of frozen, raw, breaded and pre-browned stuffed chicken products that could be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis, the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Monday.
The products were produced on February 24 and February 25, 2021, and were shipped to distributors across the country, the service said.
They include specific lots of the Dutch Farms Chicken with Broccoli & Cheese packages; Milford Valley Chicken with Broccoli & Cheese; Milford Valley Chicken Cordon Bleu; Kirkwood Raw Stuffed Chicken, Broccoli & Cheese; and Kirkwood Raw Stuffed Chicken Cordon Bleu, which is sold at Aldi.
The service said it was “concerned” that some of these products may be in Americans’ freezers and urged consumers not to eat them.
“These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase,” it said.
The Service said it has been working with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other health officials to investigate an outbreak of 28 Salmonella Enteritidis illnesses across eight different states. The illnesses’ timelines range from February 21 through June 28.
“Unopened intact packages of raw, frozen, breaded chicken stuffed with broccoli and cheese were collected from an ill person’s home and tested positive for the outbreak strain of Salmonella Enteritidis,” the service said. “FSIS continues to work with the CDC and state and local public health partners on this investigation.”
Eating food that is contaminated with Salmonella can cause a bacterial food borne illness called salmonellosis which can cause diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after eating the product.
“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 provider,” it said.
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