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Giant Food Recalls Koch Oven Cravers Chicken Products for Possible Salmonella Contamination

Sep 29, 2015

A Maryland supermarket chain has issued a recall for Koch Oven Cravers brand frozen, raw, stuffed, and breaded chicken products manufactured by Chicago-based Aspen Foods because of possible salmonella contamination.

Consumers are being informed that Giant is pulling these products from their stores because they may be contaminated with salmonella, Meat & Poultry ( reports.

The recalled products include Koch Oven Cravers Broccoli & Cheese (10 oz.), UPC 4542145512, all code dates; Koch Oven Cravers Chicken Parmesan (10 oz.), UPC 4542153140, all code dates; Koch Oven Cravers Cordon Bleu (10 oz.), UPC 4542141512, all code dates.

Salmonella infection develops 12 to 72 hours after the individual has consumed tainted food. Symptoms include diarrhea, fever, and abdominal cramps. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the illness typically lasts four to seven days and most people recover without treatment. But for some, the illness can be severe enough to require hospitalization. The infection can spread from the intestines to the blood stream and other parts of the body, requiring treatment with antibiotics. Children under five, the elderly, pregnant women, and those with compromised immune systems are at greatest risk for serious salmonella infection.

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued a public health alert on September 18 warning consumers that frozen stuffed chicken products manufactured by Aspen Foods may be contaminated by Salmonella enteritidis.

The FSIS alert included products bearing EST # P-1358 and best by dates between Oct. 29, 2016, and Dec. 16, 2016. But "out of an abundance of caution," Giant is pulling all code dates for the products, according to Meat & Poultry. Giant has told customers who bought any of the recalled chicken products to discard them and bring the receipt to Giant for a full refund.

In July, 1,978,680 lbs. of frozen, raw, stuffed, and breaded chicken products from Koch were recalled after the products were linked to a cluster of illnesses in Minnesota. Meat & FSIS intensified its sampling efforts at Aspen Foods following the outbreak, and inspectors found 12 samples that tested positive for the outbreak strain of Salmonella enteritidis. Aspen Foods declined to recall the products, and this prompted FSIS to issue the public health alert. FSIS said it "cannot have confidence in the safety of any products produced after July 30, 2015." FSIS directed its personnel "to detain products covered by this alert that they find in commerce because the company has refused to recall the products," Meat & Poultry reports.

The Food and Drug Administration calculates that 48 million Americans-one in six-suffer from foodborne illnesses annually. The CDC says such illnesses are largely preventable. Foodborne illnesses result in more than 100,000 hospitalizations and about 3,000 deaths each year.

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