Frozen, Raw, Breaded & Stuffed Chicken Warning [US]


US FlagUS/Washington: Logo - US Department of AgricultureThe US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (“FSIS”), a statutory regulatory and food safety authority, issues a Public Health Warning against the consumption of an unknown quantity of Frozen, Raw, Breaded and Pre-Browned, Stuffed Chicken products generically labeled as “Chicken Cordon Bleu”, “Chicken with Broccoli and Cheese”, or “Chicken Kiev” due to reported Salmonella Enteritidis contamination with consequential risks of Gram-negative bacterial infection, severe illness and/or possible life-changing complications, all serious health hazards.

USDA: http://ht.ly/3AJS30rKxDx

Direct link: https://www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls-alerts/fsis-issues-public-health-alert-frozen-raw-breaded-stuffed-chicken-products-due

Additional information:
The United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) reports the following Frozen, Raw, Breaded and Pre-Browned, Stuffed Chicken products are subject to this warning:

  • Generic Chicken Cordon Bleu
  • Generic Chicken with Broccoli and Cheese
  • Generic Chicken Kiev

==> No barcodes, UPCs, item numbers, best-before date codes, manufacturing date codes, production dates, expiry dates, regulatory approval designations, registration numbers, agency approval designations or other identification numbers were listed with this recall notification.

These Chicken products were known to be marketed, distributed and sold in the US state of Minnesota although it is always possible these food products had wider distribution within the country. When in doubt, please contact your retailer for specific product information.

According to the USDA, its Food Safety and Inspection Service (“FSIS”) is investigating a Salmonella Enteritidis illness cluster with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) and state health departments. The FSIS suspects there may be a link between the Frozen, Raw, Breaded, and Pre-Browned Stuffed Chicken products and this illness cluster based on information gathered in conjunction with the CDC and state partners. So far, cases have been identified with illness onset dates ranging from February 21, 2021 to May 7, 2021.

As part of the investigation, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture collected Frozen, Raw, Breaded, Stuffed Chicken products from a retail store for testing. The raw Chicken samples tested positive for the outbreak strain of Salmonella Enteritidis. At this time, however, the production lots tested in Minnesota are not known to have been purchased by any of the case patients. FSIS has not received any purchase documentation, shopper records, or other traceable information at this time and therefore, does not have the necessary information to request a formal food recall. FSIS will continue to evaluate any new illness or traceable information as it becomes available.

The Chicken products of concern appear to be ready-to-eat but are, in fact, raw and need to be fully cooked before consumption. Many of these stuffed Chicken products were labeled with instructions identifying that the product was uncooked (raw) but may have looked as if they had already been pre-cooked and merely required reheating. The labels also identified full cooking instructions for preparation in a traditional oven. Some infected patients, however, reported that they did not follow the cooking instructions and simply microwaved the product, heated it up in an air fryer or warmed it up in a traditional oven for less time that it would take to properly cook the Chicken, all without using a meat thermometer to confirm the recommended internal temperature was achieved.

==> For information about Salmonellosis (Salmonella poisoning), please consult the “Illnesses” tab on this site, located at the top of this page.

==> 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 small children and pets can’t access the suspect food.

The FSIS advises all Americans that particular attention needs to be taken to safely prepare and cook these Frozen, Raw Poultry products to a sustained temperature of 165 F. The only way to confirm Raw Poultry products are cooked to a temperature high enough to kill harmful bacteria is to use a food thermometer that measures internal temperature, as indicated in this chart: https://www.fsis.usda.gov/food-safety/safe-food-handling-and-preparation/food-safety-basics/safe-temperature-chart.

Additionally, FSIS advises all Americans to keep Raw Poultry away from other food that will not be cooked including fruits, vegetables and dairy products. Always use one cutting board for Raw Poultry, Meat and Fish/Shellfish and a separate one for fresh produce and fully cooked foods. Ideally, these cutting boards and preparation tools will be color coded or otherwise clearly identified for use with one type of food or another.

==> If you have a medical emergency, please contact 9-1-1, your closest hospital or emergency center equipped to properly treat bacterial poisonings such as Salmonellosis.

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More information about this warning:
USDA recall number: FSIS-RC-PHA-06022021
Recalls Direct RIN: 14552-2021
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