A frozen chicken company in Maine, Barber Foods, has announced it will recall 1,707,494 pounds of frozen chicken due to the risk of salmonella contamination. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service reports that the recall specifically affects chicken products that are frozen and raw stuffed. The affected products were produced between Feb. 17 and May 20 of this year.
Recall Instituted Due to Sicknesses in the Midwest
Included in the recall are a variety of chicken breast products that have been stuffed with cheese and broccoli, cheese and asparagus and cheese and ham. Also included in the recall are Cordon Bleu, Chicken Kiev and chicken finger products.
The recall was instituted not because of the results of an FDA inspection. It was because a number of Wisconsin and Minnesota-area patients became sick with salmonella poisoning after eating Barber Foods chicken products.
Not the First Barber Foods Recall in Recent Weeks
This recall is actually not the first one to be announced by Barber Foods in recent weeks. In fact, on July 2, Barber Foods recalled 58,320 pounds of its Chicken Kiev products to avoid sickness in its customers.
Sickness from salmonella infection can range in severity, but in most cases salmonella poisoning is not life threatening. Salmonella infection causes diarrhea, fevers, and abdominal cramping and they can last up to a week.
The United States Department of Agriculture has published a complete list of products affected by the recall on the Internet.
Individuals who have have been made sick by Barber Foods frozen chicken products will want to seek medical attention immediately. These contaminated food victims may also have viable claims for product liability damages related to the costs of their medical care.
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