Aspen Foods has recalled over 500,000 pounds of chicken product to prevent the risk of a Salmonella outbreak. The Food Safety and Inspection Service from the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the recall on Oct. 2.
This recall is related to a previous recall instituted by Aspen Foods last July, when the chicken food product manufacturer took 1,978,680 pounds of product off retail shelves due to the risk of Salmonella poisoning. Five individuals are known to have contracted Salmonella sickness from affected products so far.
Following July's recall, the Food Safety and Inspection Service tested Aspen Foods products further. The tests determined that more products had been in contact with contaminated materials, and this prompted the additional Oct. 2 recall.
Affected Aspen Foods products will list a "best if used by" date from Aug. 23, 2016, through Dec. 15, 2016. The recall includes a wide variety of brands, including the following: Acclaim, Antioch Farms, Buckley Farms, Centrella Signature, Chestnut Farms, Family Favorites, Home Dining Selections, Kirkwood, Koch Foods, Market Day, Oven Cravers, Rose, Rosebud Farm, Roundy’s, Safeway Kitchens, Schwan’s, Shaner’s, Spartan and Sysco.
Breaded Frozen Chicken Products Particularly at Risk of Contamination
Frozen chicken products -- particularly those that are stuffed and breaded but still have raw chicken inside -- have an especially high risk of Salmonella contamination. Therefore, chicken food product manufacturers have to be extra diligent and careful when preparing these kinds of products. One of the problems is that these products might appear to be cooked on the outside, but still require further cooking on the inside. It is generally recommended that chicken products be cooked to a temperature of at least 165° F internally.
Consumers Should Not Consume Affected Products
If you suspect that you are in possession of affected Aspen Foods products, you are advised to return them to the place where you bought them for a complete refund, and not to eat them. Meanwhile, individuals who suspect that they or their loved ones were seriously hurt after eating these products may want to discuss the potential of initiating a products liability action with a qualified attorney.
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