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.