Aspen Foods Expands Recall of Chicken Products for Possible Salmonella ContaminationOct 14, 2015
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has announced that Aspen Foods is recalling approximately 561,000 pounds of frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken products that may be contaminated with salmonella.
The chicken products covered by recall were produced between August 25 and September 17 and have "best if used by" dates of August 23, 2016 to December 15, 2016.
On July 15, Aspen Foods recalled approximately 1,978,680 pounds of frozen, raw, stuffed, and breaded chicken items produced between April 15 and July 10 with "best if used by" dates between July 14, 2016 and October 10, 2016. After the July recall, additional testing revealed positive results that matched the outbreak strain of Salmonella enteritidis to Aspen Foods products. Aspen Foods chose to recall additional products in an effort to prevent additional illness.
This is a Class 1 recall; FSIS categorizes the health risk as High.
The brands associated with this recall expansion include:
- Antioch Farms
- Buckley Farms
- Centrella Signature
- Chestnut Farms
- Family Favorites
- Home Dining Selections
- Koch Foods
- Market Day
- Oven Cravers
- Rosebud Farm
- Safeway Kitchens
The product subject to recall bears the establishment number P-1358 inside the USDA mark of inspection. This product was shipped to retail stores and food service locations nationwide. A list of the recalled products, their codes, and images of their labels can be found on the FSIS web site
Food contaminated with Salmonella can cause salmonellosis, one of the most common bacterial foodborne illnesses, the FSIS explains. Symptoms of salmonellosis include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever within 12 to 72 hours after exposure to the organism. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days and most people recover without treatment. For some people, however, the diarrhea may be so severe that the patient needs to be hospitalized. Older adults, infants, and individuals with weakened immune systems are more likely to develop a severe illness.
FSIS advises consumers who have purchased any of these products not to consume them. The products should either be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase. FSIS and Aspen are concerned that some of the products may be in consumers' freezers. Although the product subject to recall may appear to be cooked, this product is in fact uncooked (raw) and should be handled carefully to avoid cross-contamination in the kitchen. The consumer should be particularly careful to cook these raw poultry products to a temperature of 165° F, checking at the center, the thickest part, and the surface of the product.
Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Aspen Foods at 844-277-6802.