FSIS issues public health alert for frozen, stuffed chicken products because of possible Salmonella contamination
USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has confirmed that frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken products produced by Aspen Foods, a division of Koch Poultry Company, have the same Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak strain which was part of a July 15 recall.
Following the recall, FSIS conducted intensified sampling at this establishment to ensure that the hazard responsible for the initial contamination has been controlled by Aspen Foods. Results from FSIS sampling revealed twelve positive results that match the outbreak strain of Salmonella Enteritidis to Aspen Foods products. Three illnesses were epidemiologically linked to the original recall. FSIS continues to work with public health partners including the Minnesota Departments of Health and Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on this ongoing investigation.
FSIS says it is concerned about all of these chicken products produced by Aspen Foods between July 30, 2015 and Sept. 17. The twelve positive samples collected during FSIS’ intensified sampling efforts alerted FSIS to a systemic problem at the establishment. FSIS cannot have confidence in the safety of any products produced after July 30. According to FSIS, it has directed its personnel to detain products covered by this alert that they find in commerce because the company has refused to recall the products.
The frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken items may include the following brands and be labeled as “chicken cordon bleu,” “chicken Kiev” or “chicken broccoli and cheese” and bear the establishment number “P-1358” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These products were shipped to retail location and food service locations nationwide.
The brands include Acclaim, Antioch Farms, Buckley Farms, Centrella Signature, Chestnut Farms, Family Favorites, Kirkwood, Koch Foods, Market Day, Oven Cravers, Rose, Rosebud Farm, Roundy’s, Safeway Kitchens, Schwan’s, Shaner’s, Spartan and Sysco.