Aspen Foods Refuses to Recall Breaded Chicken after Salmonella Finding

On July 15, 2015, Aspen Foods issued a recall of some of its breaded chicken products after the U.S.D.A’s Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture found a link between the frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken products from Aspen Foods and a cluster of Salmonella Enteritidis infections.  Three illnesses were epidemiologically linked to the original recall on July 15, 2015.

Following the July 15th recall, FSIS has been conducting intensified sampling at Aspen Foods, a division of Koch Poultry Company, of Chicago, Illinois. Results from FSIS sampling revealed twelve positive results that match the outbreak strain of Salmonella Enteritidis to Aspen Foods products.

Although Salmonella has been found in chicken products, Aspen Foods has refused to issue a recall.  Do not eat frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken products produced by Aspen Foods between July 30, 2015 and September 17, 2015, the FSIS urges in a Public Health Alert.

The twelve positive samples collected during FSIS’ intensified sampling efforts alerted FSIS to a systemic problem at the establishment. FSIS cannot have confidence in the safety of any products produced after July 30, 2015. In addition to issuing this Alert, FSIS has directed its personnel to detain products covered by this Alert that they find in commerce because the company has refused to recall the products.

What Aspen Foods Products are Covered by the FSIS Alert?

The frozen, raw, stuffed and breaded chicken items may include the following brands:

  • Acclaim
  • Antioch Farms
  • Buckley Farms
  • Centrella Signature
  • Chestnut Farms
  • Family Favorites
  • Kirkwood
  • Koch Foods
  • Market Day
  • Oven Cravers
  • Rose
  • Rosebud Farm
  • Roundy’s
  • Safeway Kitchens
  • Schwan’s
  • Shaner’s
  • Spartan
  • Sysco

These products may 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. They were shipped to retail location and food service locations nationwide.

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What Should Consumers Do?

These products were labeled with instructions identifying that the product was uncooked (raw) and included cooking instructions for preparation. As stated in the July 15, 2015 Recall Release, some case-patients reported following the cooking instructions on the label and using a food thermometer to confirm that the recommended temperature was achieved. Therefore, FSIS advises consumers not to eat these products. Special attention should be paid by the food service industry and food handlers. Using a food thermometer to properly cook these products will not protect the health of the consuming public.

FSIS urges consumers who have purchased these products not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase. FSIS is concerned that some product may be in consumers’ freezers. Although the products included in this Alert may appear to be cooked, this product is, in fact, uncooked (raw) and should be handled carefully to avoid cross-contamination in the kitchen.


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