Kosher Chicken Salmonella Warning [US]

US FlagUS/Atlanta: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC") LogoThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), an Atlanta, Georgia based health promotion and disease prevention authority, has issued an investigatory warning against consuming certain brands of Kosher Chicken due to a multi-state outbreak of Salmonella contamination linked to these Chicken products and consequential risk of Gram-negative bacterial infection, severe illness and/or possible life-changing complications, all serious health hazards.


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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) recommends that people should not buy or serve, nor should retailers sell any affected Kosher Chicken at this time.

The CDC, state and local health officials in conjunction with the US Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) are currently investigating a multi-state outbreak of Salmonellosis, the infection caused by Salmonella bacteria thought to be caused in this case by consumption of certain batch/lots of Kosher Chicken, provisionally identified as Empire Kosher brand and possibly other brands of other Chicken products.

As of August 27, 2018, the affected Kosher Chicken products have been implicated in the illnesses of 17 people from four (4) states, specifically, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Of these, eight (8) people have been hospitalized, including one (1) person whose death was reported from New York.

Illnesses in this outbreak seem to have begun in September 25, 2017 and may have ended in June 4, 2018. The CDC began investigating this outbreak in late June 2018 after the New York State Department of Health found several ill people reported eating Kosher Chicken.

Epidemiologic and laboratory evidence indicates that some Kosher Chicken products may be contaminated with Salmonella. The outbreak strain of Salmonella was also identified in samples of raw Chicken collected from two facilities, including one facility that processes Empire Kosher brand Chicken but this investigation is ongoing.

Food contaminated with Salmonella bacteria typically looks, smells and tastes normal. There is no way to tell that your Chicken have been contaminated. Consequently, if in doubt, throw it out.

If you think you have consumed any Kosher Chicken and have been sick, you may wish to seek immediate medical attention, advising your physician or clinic that you may be part of this outbreak.

==> Never depend on your senses of sight, smell, taste or touch to confirm food poisoning, adulteration or contamination. If in doubt about the safety of any food, return it to your retailer for refund or toss it out in your household garbage, making sure neither small children nor household pets can access the suspect food.

If you believe you have purchased or have in your possession any of the recalled Kosher Chicken., please do not consume them directly nor use them as an ingredient in another dish or preparation. Instead, return the Chicken to the store where you purchased it for a full refund.

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Recalls Direct RIN: 10580-2018
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