Seek and ye shall find: More 5 now sick with Salmonella linked to raw frozen chicken thingies in Minn.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS) are investigating an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis infections linked to raw, frozen, stuffed and breaded chicken entrees produced by Aspen Foods.

aspen-foods-recallFive people infected with two strains of Salmonella Enteritidis were reported from Minnesota with illness onsets from May to July 2015. Two of these people were hospitalized. No deaths were reported.

The five illnesses in Minnesota occurred after people had eaten Antioch Farms brand frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken entrees, which are produced by Aspen Foods.

On July 15, 2015, Aspen Foods issued a recall of approximately 1.9 million pounds of frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken products that may be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis.

Products subject to this recall also bear the establishment number “P-1358” on the packaging, and have “best if used by” dates between July 14, 2016 and October 10, 2016.

Consumers, restaurants, and retailers should check their freezers for recalled frozen, raw chicken products and should not eat, serve, or sell them.

As part of the ongoing investigation, on September 17, 2015, USDA-FSIS reported that frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken recently products produced by Aspen Foods have been confirmed as having the outbreak strain of Salmonella Enteritidis.

USDA-FSIS reports that it cannot have confidence in the safety of any of these products produced after July 30, 2015.