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article imageFSIS: Health alert for Aspen Foods frozen, raw chicken products

By Karen Graham     Sep 18, 2015 in Food
The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is alerting consumers that frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken products produced by Aspen Foods have been confirmed as having the same Salmonella strain that was part of the July 15 recall.
Aspen Foods is a division of the Koch Poultry Company of Chicago, Illinois. Following the July 15, 2015 recall of frozen, raw chicken breast products, sold under a number of brand names, FSIS began intensive sampling at the establishment to ensure the hazard responsible for the initial contamination had been brought under control.
Results from the sampling revealed that 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 is continuing to work with the Minnesota Departments of Health and Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in this investigation.
FSIS issues health alert Thursday over refusal to recall products
The FSIS is especially concerned about all frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken products produced by Aspen Foods between July 30, 2015 and September 17, 2015. Because of the 12 positive samples obtained by the FSIS, the agency was alerted to a more serious "systemic" problem at the facility.
The FSIS health alert reads as follows: "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."
Brands affected by FSIS health alert
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” The products bear the establishment number “P-1358” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These products were shipped to retail location and food service locations nationwide.
Antioch Farms
Buckley Farms
Centrella Signature
Chestnut Farms
Family Favorites
Koch Foods
Market Day
Oven Cravers
Rosebud Farm
Safeway Kitchens
Because some case-patients followed cooking instructions, including using a food thermometer, the FSIS advises consumers that the "use of a food thermometer to properly cook these products will not protect the health of the consuming public," according to Food Poison Journal.
The public is also urged not to consume these products, and if any of these products are in home freezers, people are urged to either throw them out or return them to the retailer where they were purchased. Special attention should be paid by the food service industry and food handlers.
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