Some uncooked, stuffed chicken products recalled over salmonella fear

By: Mohan Garikiparithi | Health News | Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 05:01 AM

uncooked chickenThe U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced this week that Barber Foods is recalling more than a million pounds of frozen, raw stuffed chicken products due to Salmonella concerns.

The chicken products were produced between January 29, 2015 and May 20, 2015. The products subject to recall bear the establishment number “P-276” inside the USDA mark of inspection and were shipped across the country.

North of the border, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has also circulated a handout to warn consumers about the salmonella infection. This recall includes Barber Foods and the No Name brand.

Food contaminated with Salmonella can cause diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever. The symptoms can last four to seven days. While most people recover without treatment, people with weakened immune systems can develop a severe illness, and others might experience severe diarrhea. Both cases could land a person in the hospital.

The recall was sparked after several people were infected with Salmonella in late June in Minnesota and Wisconsin. FSIS investigated and found the link between the uptick in cases and Barber Foods.

FSIS said although the chicken products might appear cooked, they are in fact raw and should be cooked to a temperature of 165 degree Fahrenheit. FSIS said consumers should avoid cross-contamination in the kitchen and ensure hands, utensils and cutting boards that come into contact with the raw chicken be cleaned thoroughly.

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