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article imageAspen Foods recall expanded — 561,000 pounds of chicken recalled

By Karen Graham     Oct 3, 2015 in Food
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, that Aspen Foods is recalling about 561,000 pounds of frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken products.
Two additional people have become infected with Salmonella enteritidis after consuming frozen chicken products made by Aspen Foods, a unit of the Koch Food Group, reported the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Oct. 1, 2015, bringing the number of confirmed cases to five.
This most recent recall expands an earlier recall issued by FSIS on July 12, 2015, and now includes frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken products sold under 19 different brand names.
The frozen, raw products that appear to be ready-to-eat were produced between Aug. 25, 2015, and Sept. 17, 2015, with “best if used by” dates of Aug. 23, 2016, to Dec. 15, 2016. The products subject to this recall bears the establishment number “P-1358” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These products was shipped to retail stores and food service locations nationwide, and in some cases, Canada.
The 19 brands associated with the expanded recall include the following:
Antioch Farms
Buckley Farms
Centrella Signature
Chestnut Farms
Family Favorites
Home Dining Selections
Koch Foods
Market Day
Oven Cravers
Rosebud Farm
Safeway Kitchens
The story behind the expanded recall
Since May this year when the initial outbreak started, the Minnesota Dept. of Health and FSIS have been conducting an ongoing food safety investigation. To date, five people have been sickened with two strains of Salmonella enteritidis, with two people being hospitalized. The original recall was by Maine-based Barber Foods.
The illnesses occurred in Minnesota after people had consumed Antioch Farms brand frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken entrees produced by Aspen Foods. The story was reported in Digital Journal on July 15, as the original recall began to grow.
It should be noted that on July 15, Aspen Foods recalled almost two million pounds of frozen raw chicken products. It was also at this time that the Minnesota Dept. of Health and FSIS began conducting an intensified investigation into the production facilities at Aspen Foods.
On September 17, the FSIS reported that the outbreak strain of Salmonella enteritidis was definitely found to come from the Aspen chicken products. Sampling at the production facility revealed 12 positive results matching the outbreak strain of Salmonella enteritidis have been linked to Aspen Foods products, while three illnesses were epidemiologically linked to the original recall on July 15, 2015.
FSIS issued a health alert, stating: "FSIS cannot have confidence in the safety of any products produced after July 30, 2015. In addition to issuing this Alert, FSIS 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."
Again, the health alert should be taken seriously by consumers in the U.S. and in Canada. The big concern is that people may have these products in their freezers, and if so, they need to be thrown out. Do not eat them. Consumers with questions can contact the company directly at (844) 277-6802.
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