CONCORD —The US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service  (FSIS)  has  announced that the Aspen Foods Division of Koch Meats (Chicago, IL) is recalling 28,980 pounds of chicken products as they may be contaminated with Salmonella Enteritidis. These products were distributed to  Shaw’s stores in New Hampshire. The recalled product includes partially prepared  Chicken  a  la  Kiev products sold by retailers under the Antioch Farms  brand  name,  with “sell by” dates of October 1, 2015 and October 7, 2015.  A  total  of  six  persons  were identified in Minnesota with the same strain  of  Salmonella,  and all reported Chicken Kiev consumption prior to illness  onset. This product has been removed from all Shaw’s stores in New Hampshire  and  no  cases  of  Salmonella linked to this outbreak have been identified in New Hampshire.

The implicated products were produced on July 2, 2014 and July 8, 2014, and bear  the establishment number “P-1358 inside the USDA mark of inspection.”

The product is identified as: Single 5-ounce plastic packets of Raw Stuffed Chicken Breast Breaded, Boneless Breast of Chicken with Rib Meat “A La Kiev.”

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of  Public  Health Services is conducting surveillance to identify possible cases associated with this product and following the national investigation closely should the list of involved products expand.

“Even though the product has been removed from stores, it is important that all  consumers  check  their  freezers  for  this  product,”  said Dr. José Montero,  Director  of  Public  Health  at  DHHS. “Most people recover from

salmonellosis, but it has serious implications for young children, seniors,

and the immune compromised.”

Salmonella  is  a  bacterium  that  can  cause  serious and sometimes fatal

infections  in  young  children,  frail  or  elderly people, and those with

weakened  immune  systems.  Healthy  persons infected with Salmonella often experience  fever,  diarrhea  (which  may be bloody), nausea, vomiting, and abdominal  pain.  Some cases may be more severe and people may even need to be  hospitalized.  In  these  patients, the Salmonella infection may spread from  the  intestines  to  the blood stream, and then to other parts of the body  and  can  cause  death  unless  the  person  is treated promptly with antibiotics.

If consumers have any of these products at home they are advised to discard them immediately and not eat them. DHHS reminds consumers of the importance of properly handling raw poultry to prevent contamination from spreading to other  foods  and  food  contact  surfaces. Additionally, following package cooking  instructions  for  frozen  or  fresh chicken products is critical.

Consumers  should  be  aware  that  actual  time  may vary depending on the cooking  method  (broiling, frying, or grilling) and the temperature of the product  (chilled  versus  frozen),  so  it  is  important  that  the final temperature of 165 °F must be reached for safety.

This  may  be  an  evolving situation so consumers are advised to check online at www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/recall-case-archive/archive/2014/recall-073-2014-release for  updates. For questions about salmonellosis, call the DHHS Division of

Public  Health  Services,  Bureau  of  Infectious  Disease Control at 603-271-4496.

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