The CDC has announced a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis illnesses linked to “raw frozen breaded stuffed chicken products.” At least 17 people have been sickened so far, with 8 people sick enough to have been hospitalized. The known illnesses have occurred in six states: Arizona, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, and Wisconsin. It is likely that many more have been or will become sick in this outbreak.
On August 9th, the USDA announced a recall of a variety of stuffed frozen chicken products manufactured by Serenade Foods and sold under different brand names. The recall was initiated after unopened intact packages of raw, frozen, breaded chicken stuffed with broccoli and cheese were collected from an ill person’s home and tested positive for the outbreak strain of Salmonella Enteritidis. More information on the recall is below.
The vast majority of the sick people who were interviewed by public health officials reported eating stuffed breaded chicken products before getting sick. Although they reported eating different brands of products purchased at different stores, whole-genome sequencing of the Salmonella bacteria shows that all the samples are closely linked genetically, which means it is likely that all the victims got sick from the same ultimate source. The Minnesota Department of Health found the outbreak strain of Salmonella in two samples of Kirkwood’s Chicken Cordon Bleu obtained from a grocery store where a sick person purchased those products. Kirkwood products are sold ALDI stores.
These kinds of products (e.g. Chicken Kiev or Chicken Cordon Bleu) are often sold in individually wrapped packages in the frozen aisle of the supermarket. They have a long history of causing widespread and serious outbreaks of Salmonellosis because it is often difficult to fully cook the raw chicken in the microwave, especially given the inconsistent and uneven heating that many microwaves produce.
OFT’s Salmonella lawyers are actively investigating this outbreak, and this page will update as we uncover more information. If you or a loved believe you were sickened in this outbreak, please call or contact us using the form on the page for a free consultation.
At least 17 people in 6 states have been sickened in an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis linked to raw breaded stuffed chicken products such as Chicken Cordon Bleu. Illnesses linked to the products have been reported in Arizona, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, New York, and Wisconsin:
On August 9th, over two months after the announcement of this outbreak, the USDA’s FSIS agency announced a recall of Serenade Foods frozen stuffed chicken products.
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The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P- 2375” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to distributors nationwide.
Notably, the recall announcement states that 28 people in 8 states have been sickened in this outbreak, though the CDC has not yet updated it outbreak information to reflect this.
There are more than 2,500 serotypes of Salmonella, but fewer than 100 cause infections in humans. The most common of these illness-causes strains is a serotype called Enteritidis, and it is responsible for the current outbreak. Salmonella poisoning can be so severe that it requires people to be hospitalized. Indeed, 8 of the 17 people sickened in this outbreak so far have been hospitalized.
Salmonella can even be fatal when the infection leaves the intestines and travels to the bloodstream or other parts of the body. It is also possible to experience long-term side effects, including joint pain known as reactive arthritis, which is also known as Reiter’s Syndrome. This can last for months or years and result in chronic arthritis, which is difficult to treat. Reactive arthritis can also lead to eye irritation and painful urination. In rare cases, some types of Salmonella cause typhoid fever, which can be fatal.
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