The USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has issued a public health alert, informing consumers that frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken products produced by Aspen Foods, a division of Koch Foods, have been confirmed as having the same Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak strain which was part of a recall in July.
A recall, however, has not been issued.
The frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken items may include the following brands and be labeled as “chicken cordon bleu,” “chicken Kiev” or “chicken broccoli and cheese” and bear the establishment number “P-1358” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These products were shipped to retail location and food service locations nationwide.
Following the July 15 recall, FSIS has been conducting intensified sampling at this establishment to ensure that the hazard responsible for the initial contamination has been controlled by Aspen Foods. Results from FSIS sampling revealed 12 positive results that match the outbreak strain of Salmonella Enteritidis to Aspen Foods products. Three illnesses were epidemiologically linked to the original July recall. FSIS continues to work with public health partners including the Minnesota Departments of Health and Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on this ongoing.
FSIS is concerned about all frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken products produced by Aspen Foods between July 30, 2015 and September 17, 2015. The 12 positive samples collected during FSIS’ intensified sampling efforts alerted FSIS to a systemic problem at the establishment. FSIS has directed its personnel to detain products covered by this alert that they find in commerce.