The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has recently announced a recall involving various chicken products from Aspen Foods of Chicago, Illinois due to a possible salmonella contamination. The said recall involves as much as 561,000 pounds of frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken products that actually appear to be ready-to-eat (RTE). Moreover, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) has classified the recall as a Class I. This means that consumption of the affected chicken products may lead to serious health consequences and even, death.
The current recall is actually linked to a similar recall on Aspen Foods chicken products last July 15. This earlier recall involved as much as 1,978,680 frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken products, which also appeared ready-to-eat (RTE). The latest recall is an effort to prevent further illnesses from spreading due to consumption of the affected the product.
According to the FSIS, it has received notification of a cluster of illnesses due to salmonella enteritidis last June. Working together with the Minnesota State Departments of Health and Agriculture, it was found that the said salmonella cases is actually linked to various chicken products from Aspen Foods. Meanwhile, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), five people have been infected with two strains of salmonella enteritidis in Minnesota, two of which have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported, so far.
The brands affected by the recall include Acclaim, Antioch Farms, Buckley Farms, Centrella Signature, Chestnut Farms, Family Favorites, Home Dining Selections, Kirkwood, Koch Foods, Market Day, Oven Cravers, Rose, Rosebud Farm, Roundy’s, Safeway Kitchens, Schwan’s, Shaner’s, Spartan and Sysco. You can view the various lot codes and “best if used by” dates affected here.
Consumers who have purchased the affected chicken products are asked to stop consuming them immediately and to discard them.