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Monday, July 20, 2015
Salmonella concerns lead to Koch Foods chicken recall
Koch Foods has voluntarily issued a Class I recall for its Aspen Foods breaded raw stuffed chicken breasts, because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. An estimated 1,978,680 pounds of product are included in the recall.
The recalled product can be identified by a plant code of P-1358 and a “best if used by” date between July 14, 2016 and October 10, 2016. Flavors affected include: Breaded Cordon Bleu, Breaded Broccoli & Cheese, Breaded Chicken Kiev, Breaded Chicken Parmesan, and Breaded Buffalo-Style.
The company issued the recall after USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) was notified of a cluster of Salmonella Enteritidis illnesses on June 23. Working in conjunction with Minnesota State Departments of Health and Agriculture, FSIS determined that there is a link between the frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken products from Aspen Foods and this illness cluster. Based on epidemiological evidence and traceback investigations, three case-patients have been identified in Minnesota with illness onset dates ranging from May 9, 2015 to June 8, 2015. FSIS continues to work with the Minnesota Departments of Health and Agriculture as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on this investigation.
“We are taking this precautionary measure to ensure the safety of our consumers. If you have purchased any of the effected items, please return them to the store where you purchased them for a full refund,” Koch Foods stated.
“Koch Foods has and will continue to collaborate with the USDA to prepare the highest quality poultry products. Health and food safety are always Koch Foods’ first priority, and we take great pride in the safe processing of billions of pounds of poultry each year.”
No other products prepared by Koch Foods have been affected by the Salmonella issue.